Eamon Dunphy on 'happy-clappy' Jurgen Klopp and where he needs to strengthen this summer at Liverpool
Eamon Dunphy believes Liverpool will need to recruit seven top players if they are to become a big club again under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds' squad has looked very tight at times this season and has struggled to get results when the likes of Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho are missing.
Yesterday's 4-0 victory over West Ham means that Liverpool only need a victory against already relegated Middlesbrough to qualify for next season's Champions League.
With European football returning to Anfield, Klopp will need a larger squad to deal with increased fixture demands next term.
It is 10 years since Tom Hicks and George Gillett took over at Liverpool and just under seven since John Henry's Fenway completed their takeover but the club only has one trophy, the League Cup in 2012, to show for their efforts.
Writing in his column for the Irish Daily Star today, Dunphy warned that the club will have to part with a lot of money if they are to be classed as a big club again.
"For Liverpool to kick on - and going into the Champions League is a chance to do so - they need to start thinking, and acting, like a big club again," he said.
"Klopp has made mistakes and the happy-clappy image can wear thin. Indeed, it could be wearing thin with players when things aren't going well.
"But he needs to be backed to the hilt this summer.
"The Liverpool squad needs to be strengthened significantly.
"They need a goalkeeper, at least one centre-half, a left-back, a central midfielder, a winger and probably two strikers.
"And they need players of Champions League quality in those positions.
"They won't be easy to find as a host of top clubs will be going into the market.
"But if Liverpool are prepared to spend big - on wages as well as transfer fees - they can attract quality, as the club is a global brand.
"Tougher tests are coming down the track, but Liverpool have a chance now to make a big statement about where they want to go."