Germany and Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus reckons Liverpool need to sign two top class defensive players before they are able to compete for the Premier League title with Man City.
The 57-year-old is Germany’s all-time leading appearance maker with 150 caps, and is clearly a big fan of the job his countryman Jurgen Klopp is doing at Anfield.
Matthaus pointed out the Man City’s domination of the Premier League this season has come after Pep Gaurdiola invested heavily in his defence last summer, and he reckons Liverpool should ought to do the same if they are to start to challenge for English football’s biggest prize.
“Maybe City has more money but I know the mentality of Klopp, I know the mentality of his team. They work very hard,” Matthaus told the LFC Foundation.
“Liverpool has the mentality and an atmosphere in the ground that is similar to Dortmund. He is a powerful coach. He can get people to take to him – the players and the fans.
“He has to find one or two more players, especially in the defence to be better in the competition.
“Like Guardiola in his first season he had a very good offence then he invested a lot of money in the defence, and you see the difference now – they are 15 or 16 points ahead of Man United. That is a lot.
“That is the reason he (Guardiola) bought many players in the defence, they are much better now.
“City are maybe one step higher than all the other teams in England at the moment but for sure other teams will invest and find the right players.
“I know Jurgen Klopp knows exactly which player he needs. Some people were shaking their heads at £75m for a defender (Virgil van Dijk) but this £75m at the end shows the defence is a lot better.
“He didn’t change his style too much. He is working very hard, his team is always ready to fight for 90 minutes, they are in good condition, he works very hard.”