Souness wants to see more midfield quality

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23: Graeme Souness the manager of Newcastle United before the Barclays Premiership match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on October 23, 2005 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness has said that the team lacks attacking quality in midfield.

Current boss Jurgen Klopp has been starting with a trio of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum mostly of late, but they haven’t been providing enough going forward says the Scot.

“I think you saw Liverpool today organised, an extremely hard-working team.” he told Sky Sports.

“I think what happened in the summer with Liverpool, signing Fabinho, signing Keita, and also trying to get Fekir from Lyon, I think that tells you how Jurgen sees the midfield.

“Liverpool’s midfield, they’re three great lads and they work their socks off.

“But they just haven’t got that little bit of quality in games like this, where they can look one way and deliver a pass the other way.

“I think the way that Jurgen saw his midfield, the mere fact he signed two and tried to get three tells you he thinks he is a wee bit short there. I think that showed at times today.

“When they were dominant they have a lot of the ball and the danger is, when you try to go for more quality, you might not get somebody to put the same shift in. That’s the balancing act.” he continued.

The former Liverpool skipper went on to say that the failed pursuit of Lyon captain Nabil Fekir has seen Klopp short of players capable of unlocking opposition defences.

“Find me a player who can do that but also puts a shift in when you don’t have the ball.” he added.

“The way he wants to play Jurgen, what does he call it, rock and roll football, high tempo, high intensity.

“Would you get that from someone who has a bit more class and sees it differently?” he finished.

Liverpool supporters may well agree and could be hoping to see the German dip in to the transfer market in January – perhaps with a fresh bid for Fekir.

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