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Liverpool said two January deals would see them ‘run away’ with title as McManaman sets transfer target

Former Reds star wants to see Jurgen Klopp plunge into winter recruiting market and bolster his ranks with defensive additions

Liverpool “Will run away” with the Premier League title again if they buy two center-backs in the January transfer window, says Steve McManaman.

Jurgen Klopp continues to play his cards close to his chest when it comes to winter recruiting plans.

Many have demanded more money from Anfield, with a series of unfortunate injuries leaving the defending champions short in important areas.

Liverpool have sought inspiration internally, however, with Fabinho stepping down from a midfielder position as he graduated from academy. Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams see unexpected playing time.

Faith may be retained in this approach, allowing Klopp to avoid a market in which value is notoriously difficult to find.

McManaman, however, believes that more the investment will allow the Reds to break free from the chasing pack, with a proven coverage required for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

The ex-Liverpool winger said Amazon Prime when asked if he expected a close race for national supremacy this season: “I think it depends on what kind of financial power the other teams have.

“If Liverpool bought two center-backs I think they would run away with it. If they don’t, it could be pinched and folded back, it could be a lot closer. You expect teams to improve and run races.

“I would love for Liverpool to strengthen well, recovers Thiago, and suddenly, they would find a very good form and would emerge.

“We know Liverpool have defensive problems, we know Joel Matip looks like his injury will keep him out for a while.

“They say they won’t go into the transfer market. Liverpool fans desperately want Jurgen Klopp to enter the transfer market.

“They have to bring in a defender if they are to maintain their challenge and achieve a level of consistency to move away from those sides.”

Liverpool had no defensive issues in their last outing as they ruled out Newcastle to claim another clean sheet.

Klopp’s men were unable to make the most of the opportunities that presented themselves at the opposite end of the field, however, and kept only three points clear at the top of the table after being held to a 0-0 draw at St James’ Park.

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