Hamann: Liverpool counting cost of failing to sign midfielder

Former Germany midfielder Didi Hamann has criticised Liverpool’s failure to sign a central midfielder.

The Reds were in desperate need of reinforcements in midfield all summer.

Despite it being obvious to fans and pundits, the Reds only acted late in the window to secure Arthur on loan from Juventus, who has been mostly injured since his arrival.

Ex-Reds star Hamann laid into their transfer policy, stating to BoyleSports: “Liverpool are 14 or 15 points behind the top of the table now and I don’t think that one player makes up that many points.

“Danny Murphy is right to suggest Declan Rice is a very capable player but I think it depends on how Fabinho comes back into the season because he’s been really disappointing but he’s a really brilliant player.

“I would like Liverpool to sign someone a bit more adventurous, someone like Joelinton from Newcastle who has a physical presence can get you a goal and he has the full package. A player like him would suit Liverpool down to the ground. I think getting a player of his quality in January is near enough impossible and that should’ve been done in the summer.”

“This Liverpool team looks tired, they look pedestrian and they just look flat,” added Hamann.

“I’m not sure where the spark is going to come from because they’ve won games in the past. They beat Rangers a few days ago but they’re obviously far superior to Rangers.

“I trust that they’ll know where the spark is going to come from but whether it’s the end of an era? I wouldn’t write them off, but my imagination doesn’t let me see where the spark is going to come from in the next few weeks.”

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