JUST when you think Liverpool have turned a corner they prove you wrong. After getting a win against a side in the top four last week, this week Liverpool travelled to Southampton only to be greeted by defeat.
These last two weeks were a sort of microcosm of Liverpool’s season. Sometimes showing glimpses of hope while other times, cruelly snatching it away.
This sort of inconsistency is a stark reminder that the Reds still have pieces to acquire, spots to fill.
At the outset of the season it appeared that Liverpool needed more attacking options.
Although they could still use bolstering in this area it has become apparent that the defence is something that needs fixing.
With Jamie Carragher set to retire and Martin Skrtel looking to be on his way out, the back line is an area in need of immediate attention. Add to the equation the shoddy defending that Liverpool has displayed and there is a real cause for concern.
Plenty of players will be linked to Liverpool, including the Croatian Dejan Lovren. The Croatian player is only 23 years old and is currently plying his trade for Lyon in France. Although the defender is young, he still has plenty of experience albeit not in the Premier League.
It seems that a move for this player would be better than the rumoured one for Ashley Williams.
Williams is five years older than Lovren and it’s not clear that he has more ability than Lovren. Although Williams has experience in the Premier League he also has a bad history with Luis Suarez; something that should be taken seriously.
Almost certainly, more than one defender will have to be purchased this off season. However, Lovren appears to be a good place to start. A young player with experience and plenty of upside, Dejan Lovren may help fill the need in Liverpool’s back four.