Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made just one signing so far in the summer window, with central defender Ibrahima Konate arriving from RB Leipzig
Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson believes Euro 2020 hero Lorenzo Insigne could be the man to help his old side reclaim the Premier League title.
Thus far, the Reds have signed just one player, with Ibrahima Konate helping to reinforce their options at the centre of defence.
Their league campaign got off to the perfect start last weekend, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino giving them a 3-0 win at Norwich City.
But Johnson is concerned that Liverpool have become over reliant on their attacking players and need a player that can help “unlock doors” of teams willing to sit deep and defend.
Insigne, 30, scored 19 times and registered seven assists for Napoli last season and has just one-year remaining on his current deal.
A number of clubs have been linked with the forward, who scored twice during Italy’s successful run at this summer’s European Championships.
A number of clubs have been linked with Insigne and Johnson thinks he could be a perfect addition to Klopp’s title-chasing side.
“Liverpool only sign players that tick a certain amount of boxes. I like the way they do business, but it’s not going to really excite the fans,” Johnson told SBK Sportsbook.
“They won’t just go and buy the biggest name out there. To be fair to them, with what they’ve done in recent years, it obviously works. If fans are patient with them then the club will get it right eventually.”
“What Liverpool need to challenge for the league is someone in midfield that can help the front three in very tight games. I do think they heavily rely on the front three.
“They’ve pretty much had the same front three for a few years now – although they did bring in Jota last year who has done a good job so far.
“But despite that, they need a bit more help up top to be honest.”
He added: “I would like to see Lorenzo Insigne come in. He really impressed me at Euro 2020. He could be the sort of flair player who they could use as a number 10 to unlock the door.”
Klopp has hinted that it could be a quiet final few days of the window, but Johnson could “definitely” foresee more new arrivals.
“They won’t just buy players on performances alone. I’m sure they’ve got their eyes on a few people. They need to bring players in.
“I can definitely see them making another two, three signings.”