Five players Liverpool should sign this summer
Who do Liverpool need to sign this summer, in order to mount a genuine title challenge next season?
This season has been another one of progress for Liverpool. A glorious run all the way into the Champions League final shows just how far Jurgen Klopp has come with the current crop of players. However, the project is not yet complete - finishing fourth with 75 points is essentially the same scenario which the Reds found themselves in last term.
The ultimate goal for Liverpool is to finally land the Premier League title, after an increasing long wait for one. It's been 28 years. This season, Manchester City were dominant in victory and no-one could truly keep pace with them. However, Liverpool themselves were one of very few who managed to challenge and actually defeat Pep Guardiola's side - three victories across both Champions League and domestic fixtures support this.
If they are able to remain consistent throughout the nine-month campaign, who knows what the future may hold for them?
It's becoming apparent that only a few pieces of the jigsaw remain before Liverpool are a complete team. RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita is set to officially complete his move for a finalised transfer fee of £52.75million, after an agreement was struck last summer.
So with that in mind, here are five other players who could also join him at Anfield and help the Reds to potentially mount a title challenge next season and beyond.
#5 Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League this season, meaning that some of their best players are naturally expected to seek a move away from the bet365 Stadium with interested suitors scattered across Europe.
One of their best players is potential England number one, Jack Butland. A great shot-stopper, he often indulges in integrating himself with team-mates during phases of build-up play as he regularly comes off his line. He would replace Simon Mignolet, whose career on Merseyside appears to be over.
Loris Karius, who was under-fire earlier in his days as a Red, has been doing a fairly good job since replacing Mignolet as Klopp's first-choice this term and as a result, should remain that way for now. Butland would provide solid cover and important competition which would keep Karius on his toes - healthy competition for places is never a bad thing after all.