Jamie Carragher says Liverpool have got “a goalkeeping problem” and should be looking to bring in Manchester City outcast Joe Hart if the opportunity presents itself in January.
The Reds have struggled between the sticks for some time now, with Simon Mignolet never truly convincing following a big-money move from Sunderland.
Loris Karius was drafted in from Mainz over the summer to provide competition, and quickly inherited the starting berth in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
He too has endured a tough time, with a collection of high-profile errors leading to him slipping back onto the bench.
Mignolet has been steady enough since returning to the fold but fell under the microscope again on Tuesday as he failed to keep out a Jon Walters header in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Stoke City.
Carragher admits Liverpool have serious issues to address in a key area of the field, claiming there is no confidence building in Klopp’s defensive unit.
He told Sky Sports: “Liverpool have got a goalkeeping problem – it’s not just one individual.
“The reason Karius was brought in was because Jurgen Klopp didn’t think that Simon Mignolet was good enough.
“When a Liverpool goalkeeper gets asked to make a save that he should make, a lot of the time they are going in.
“You can say it’s poor defensively, but at times you want your goalkeeper to bail you out – that’s what he’s there for. I’m a centre-back myself and you don’t play a game without making mistakes, and that’s where your keeper comes into it.”
Carragher believes the solution to the problem is simple, with Klopp needing to bring Hart back to England from a loan spell at Torino and keep Liverpool in the Premier League title hunt.
He added: “If someone said to me the window is open and you can go and get Joe Hart, you’d do it. If I was Jurgen Klopp, I’d do it.
“It is a great chance that Liverpool have got at the moment and it might be different next year with European football coming in and the managers that have come into this country now having another year’s experience.
“Antonio Conte is flying at the moment, you think of someone like Pep Guardiola and the investment the other teams are going to have.
“Jurgen Klopp, when you’re talking net spend, has virtually spent nothing since he has come in. He has done a remarkable job but the position Liverpool are in, if they get a chance to get a goalkeeper who has won Premier League titles, you do it.”