Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has offered advice to his former club after they were beaten 1-0 by Real Madrid in the Champions League final at the Stade de France.
Steven Gerrard has called on Liverpool to sign a midfielder after watching his former club succumb to defeat in the Champions League final.
Liverpool couldn’t find a way past an inspired Thibaut Courtois at the Stade de France, with Vinicius Jr’s second-half goal giving Real Madrid the win. The result means that, in three cup finals this season, Jurgen Klopp’s side have not scored a single goal in regular time.
Gerrard scored 185 goals during his Liverpool career, including a high of 24 in the 2008-09 season. Speaking after the narrow defeat in Paris where the Aston Villa manager was working for BT Sport, the ex-England midfielder explained exactly what Liverpool need to do in the transfer market.
“Jordan [Henderson] and James Milner are not getting any younger,” Gerrard told BT Sport after the game. “They are still the best players at this level, of course, and they will want to go on and do more.
“But for Liverpool, if you think about the next five, six, seven years, they’re going to need a midfielder, an eight, who can score goals, who can get double-digits. They’re heavily dependent on the top three [Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz] – or the top five if you include Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. But you still need one of those midfielders who is going to get into the box and score you goals.”
Liverpool scored 94 Premier League goals in the 2021-22 season, but 54 of them came from Salah, Mane and Jota. No Reds midfielder has scored more in the league than Fabinho with five, and two of those have come from the penalty spot.
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Liverpool have already dipped into the transfer market this summer, confirming a deal to sign Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho. They have also agreed terms in principle with Aurélien Tchouameni, but could still miss the French midfielder with Real Madrid leading the way, and are sure to be linked with other midfield options as the window continues. transfer extends over the summer.
You have to go back to 2016-17 for the last time a Liverpool midfielder scored 10 league goals in a season. The man in question, Philippe Coutinho, is now playing under Gerrard at Aston Villa after his loan from Barcelona was made permanent.
“I don’t think Liverpool have done too much harm,” Gerrard told BT Sport following the Champions League setback. them in the final.
“Make no mistake about it, they’re going to bounce back. You have these experiences that you can learn from. This game is either the best night of your life or one of the worst. They’re going to dust themselves off and start again next year .”