Liverpool legend Jan Molby has questioned the Reds' summer transfer business as he believes his former club are still short of a midfielder.
The Merseyside club saw Steven Gerrard leave the club after the end of the last season as he completed a move to LA Galaxy. Brendan Rodgers secured the services of James Milner, who left Manchester City and made a switch to Anfield on a free transfer.
Apart from the England international, Liverpool have failed to sign a midfielder in the summer transfer window. Milner joins Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and Joe Allen, who can play in the holding position.
The former Reds midfielder says Rodgers would have had more options if he had added another midfielder to the squad. Molby claims it is unlikely that Liverpool would strengthen that area this summer.
"It's been another summer of restructuring at Anfield – on and off the field. But while I'm generally quite encouraged by the business Liverpool have done in the transfer market, I do wonder whether they might just be a midfielder short at present," Molby told the Liverpool Echo.
"For me, Liverpool's best football in the last 10 years or so has come when they've used a specialist holding midfielder - whether that was Didi Hamann, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso or even Lucas Leiva."
"At present, Lucas is the only 'No.6' midfield player at the club, but there are doubts as to whether he will play regularly. I'm not sure Emre Can, for all his qualities, has the selflessness and positional discipline to play a holding role."
"Obviously there is good energy in there with the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, but I do think Liverpool could maybe use an extra specialist midfield player. Whether they will sign one at this stage, though, I very much doubt," he added.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will kick-start the 2015/16 Premier League season with a trip to the Britannia Stadium as they face Stoke City on 9 August. The last time these two teams faced each other at the same venue saw Rodgers' side suffer a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Potters.