Jan Molby has urged Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to sign a creative midfielder in the January transfer window. The former Red believes the arrival of a creative player in the centre of the pitch can make a huge impact going forward.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has the services of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Lucas as the central midfielders in the squad. Molby believes the German still lacks experience in his team and has advised Klopp to bring in a creative player in that position.
"People are talking about what we need to do in January. A lot of attention has focused on the centre-back situation and things like that," Molby told the Liverpool Echo.
"But for me the most vital requirement is somebody creative in midfield, who can pick the right pass and get the team moving forwards. At the moment we have Emre Can who is showing a lot of good things but is still relatively inexperienced.
"Alongside that you've got Lucas and he's always been a very careful passer – what we need is bang the opposite of that, somebody who will gamble on a ball and perhaps open a team up. Believe me, the difference this type of player could have on the whole team is massive."
The Merseyside club will play seven matches in January, which includes the two semi-final legs of the Capital One Cup against Stoke City and the FA Cup tie to Exeter City. Molby, who played for Liverpool between 1984 and 1996, expects injuries to players during the busy period but believes his former club is well-equipped due to the majority of the players getting playing time under Klopp.
"It's going to be a very busy festive period considering the number of games we have early in January. We're going to pick up some injuries in that period, particularly muscular ones, just because of the sheer volume of games played," the former Liverpool midfielder explained.
"I know it's something fans find difficult to accept but it's part and parcel of the game. The good thing is that most of the players have now had the chance to be involved in some game time under Jurgen Klopp, so hopefully they've got some match fitness in their legs which might help us ward off some of the worst effects of the period to come."