Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has said that manager Jurgen Klopp faces a make-or-break summer with the Merseyside giants.
The Reds have had a disappointing 2022/23 Premier League campaign and they are currently seven points behind the fourth position in the table.
There are still 12 games left in the season, but there is a realistic possibility that the club could miss out on playing Champions League football next term.
Irrespective of this, the hierarchy will likely back Klopp with new signings and Fowler feels the upcoming summer could be crucial for him.
He told Betting Odds: “Don’t get me wrong, you’ll get the occasional idiot who wants him gone, but for me, he is up there with some of the best managers I’ve ever seen.
“He’s created a team and an environment that are something special and I think he can do that again.”
“This is why this summer is so important – it could be make-or-break for someone like Jurgen Klopp, he’ll know the players he needs and who he wants, and it’s important that the club backs him.”
The Reds legend added that Jude Bellingham would be a good signing for the club but insisted they should not invest their entire transfer budget on a single player.
He added: “If Liverpool do get him [Bellingham] and throw all their eggs into one basket where they’re bringing him in and not bringing in anyone else, I do think that would be a mistake.
“Because Liverpool need more than one player – I don’t think they can rely on just Bellingham.”
Fowler further emphasised the need for signings with Premier League experience and believes Chelsea’s Mason Mount would be an ‘excellent signing’ with his proven record.
He concluded: “I think it would be an excellent signing for the simple fact that Liverpool need players to come in.
I’m a big believer that if you’re not signing players you’re essentially going backwards because other teams around you are signing players, so they go one step ahead whilst you go one step backwards.
“I think it’s important that they sign players and Mason Mount is a Premier League-proven player. He’s capable of being an outstanding player – we’ve seen him go from a young lad at Derby to being at times Chelsea’s standout player.”
Liverpool face a season-defining period. They play Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in nine days, starting with an away trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
If the club want to keep their Champions League hopes alive, they may have to win at least two of those games. Otherwise, they may struggle to finish in the top four by the end of May.
If the Reds are looking to sign a player of Bellingham’s calibre, Champions League football could be a necessity.
European rivals such as Real Madrid could have an edge over them if they miss out.
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