Four areas Liverpool need to invest Coutinho cash highlighted by McManaman

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The former Reds star believes Jurgen Klopp needs to be busy in the next window bringing in a proven striker, a centre-half and two more wingers

Jurgen Klopp may not be looking to reinvest funds from Philippe Coutinho’s sale during the January window, but Steve McManaman says Liverpool need four signings in the summer.

The Reds boss remains adamant that he is not actively seeking a replacement for a playmaking talent offloaded to Barcelona for €160 million.

For now, the German tactician would rather work with those already at his disposal and endeavour to maximise what they offer to the collective cause.

Klopp has, however, admitted to having targets “all over the world”, and McManaman feels at least four of those will need to be pursued as Liverpool strengthen at the back and in attack.

The former Reds star told the Daily Star: “I am [pleased about Liverpool’s business]. Coutinho was always going to leave, I'd have preferred him to leave in the summer.

"It would have been nice to see him carry on playing in the Champions League for Liverpool considering he's cup tied for Barca. I don't understand that.

"Bringing [Virgil] van Dijk in was necessary, he needed a centre-half. He seems to be looking at other positions.

"When you look at the squad there's plenty of full, experienced, international players there, even on the bench.

"But what can you do? You buy four or five full internationals for a lot of money and in the end somebody else pops up from the substitutes bench.

"I think they've got a fine balance. They're not as strong as Manchester City but nobody is at the moment.

"It's just about staying fit and playing well until the end of the season.

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"You always want a few more players, I'd love them to buy a 30-goal a season forward to complement the players we've got. I'd like them to buy another central defender and a couple of wingers but in football you can't have every position filled by everybody that you want."

Liverpool are already well-stocked in the final third of the field, but replacing Coutinho is a must while Daniel Sturridge has been allowed to link up with West Brom on loan and his days at Anfield may be numbered.

Further reinforcements at the back are also likely to be sought, with the Reds expected to be in the summer market for a new goalkeeper and additions to a porous defensive line.

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