Liverpool Transfers: 8 Players Klopp Must Sign

Who will the Reds bring in ahead of their Champions League return?

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He may have failed to bag any silverware, but few would argue that Jurgen Klopp's first full season in Merseyside wasn't an qualified success.

Liverpool were rank outsiders for the Premier League's coveted top four spots this time last year, but smart signings and diligent work on the training ground - despite routinely being forced to name unproven youngsters on the bench - helped the Reds return to the Champions League after a two-year absence.

In football, though, you really can't afford to stand still, especially while big-spending domestic rivals are busy reinforcing their already-packed squads ahead of the upcoming campaign.

So far, Klopp has seen only Mohamed Salah and ex-Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke added to his ranks (the latter of whom arrived on a free transfer) and there's plenty of fine-tuning to do before Liverpool's squad is ready to challenge on all fronts.

With the new season less than a month from kick-off, Liverpool badly need to do some business if they want to avoid the mayhem of transfer deadline day. And here are eight names they could look to bring in.

8. Naby Keita

Liverpool have spent most of the summer chasing RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, but there appears to be some distance between their own valuation of the player and that of his parent club, who are said to be looking for a fee in the region £70m.

Is he worth the money? Normally, price-tags of that size are reserved for 30-goal-a-season strikers or fancy number 10s, but Keita is an all-action midfielder better known for snuffing out attacks than for finishing them off.

The departure earlier this month of Brazilian anchor-man Lucas Leiva has left a gap in the Liverpool midfield, though, and there are no prizes for guessing who Klopp wants to fill it.

He won't come cheap, but Keita could be the sort of signing - like Kante at Chelsea last year - to help transform his new side from also-rans into genuine title challengers.