What Liverpool are missing in Premier League title race with Arsenal and Manchester City – Owen Hargreaves

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has pinpointed what Liverpool are lacking in their race for the title.

The Reds currently find themselves in the mix for the title with Arsenal and Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are third in the table with 28 points following a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad last Saturday.

They trail league leaders Arsenal by two points and second-placed Manchester City by just one point.

Hargreaves, who won one Premier League title with Manchester United, has claimed that the Reds lack a Rodri-type defensive midfielder which keeps them in the backfoot in the title race.

Hargreaves claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s side have a quality midfield and particularly singled out Dominik Szoboszlai for praise.

However, he insisted that a top-class defensive midfielder could take them to the next level. The former Bayern midfielder told Premier League Productions, as quoted by HITC Sport:

“They are definitely contenders. One thing I will say, they still do need one more central midfield player. A defensive one. I think the midfield three they have is good.

“Szoboszlai has been great. I absolutely love him. But you need a Rodri type for a Liverpool team. I think if they can get that, then I do think they can potentially compete and win the title.”

Liverpool completely transformed their midfield this summer with the signings of Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch and Waturu Endo.

They parted ways with five midfielders in Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.

Mac Allister has been used by Klopp as a number six so far this season and is yet to showcase his best form. Adding a top quality defensive midfielder could bring the most out of the World Cup winning Argentine playmaker.



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