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Jurgen Klopp's first full season in charge of Liverpool has seen the Anfield outfit playing the same intense and attacking style the German manager instilled in his Borussia Dortmund side, and their performances have earned them second place in the league so far, just five points off league leaders Chelsea.

Their shaky backline and goalkeeping situation may mean actually winning the title is just out of the Reds' reach this season — unless they can do smart business in this window.

Ed Colenutt of KopWorld gives the low-down on who he wants to see pitching up on Merseyside in January.

Please note that this interview was conducted before the January transfer window opened.

Thoughts on Summer Activity:

Sadio Mane

[Sadio] Mane has proved to be an excellent addition to the squad, plus [Georginio] Wijnaldum and [Joel] Matip were good pieces of business. [Loris] Karius has looked shaky though, we should have been replacing [Simon] Mignolet between the sticks with someone top-draw.

Area that Needs Improvement:

Left-back without a doubt. [James] Milner's doing a pretty good job but we should be looking to get someone who's a natural for the position. With [Mamadou] Sakho set to leave, we could also do with adding another option at centre-back.

Dream Signing:


Even though it's not the area we desperately need to strengthen I would go for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The guy has everything we need in a striker, and knows both [Jurgen] Klopp and his system well. There would appear to be some interest from the player going by comments he's made but, ultimately, the price tag will be too high for us.

Realistic Signing:

I'm not actually too confident we'll sign anyone in this window, we don't tend to be a club that does a lot of January business. A deal for Sead Kolasinac is looking like it may happen, it will most likely be a pre-contract for the player to join in the summer but I'd be keen to see us pay a small fee to get him here immediately.

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Prediction for Rest of 2016-17:

I think we'll continue to do well and have every chance of finishing second, but Chelsea just seem to have that little extra on everyone else this season and I don't see anyone catching them. The gap between second and sixth is likely to come down to a handful of points, realistically I think Liverpool will be in that chasing pack of five but exactly where in that pack is too close to call.


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