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Hoddle: Liverpool don't need Suarez - nor any new striker signing

Former England coach Glenn Hoddle has dismissed talk of Luis Suarez returning to Liverpool as he examined manager Jurgen Klopp's goalscoring problems this season.

Atletico Madrid striker Suarez has been linked with a return to Anfield in the Spanish media with his contract carrying a break clause this summer. The veteran Uruguay international has played a key role in Atletico's LaLiga title push this season.

However, he is being mentioned as a target for Liverpool, where he spent three years before leaving for Barcelona. But Hoddle doesn't believe Suarez would be interesting Klopp, particularly from what he's seen of the 34 year-old this term.

Hoddle said on his podcast ' The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show': "I don't see that happening. I've watched Suarez this season and he relied on pace, that little bit of zip over five or six yards. He hasn't got that anymore and I don't think Liverpool will be looking to buy Suarez, I really don't."

Indeed, Hoddle believes Klopp doesn't need to shake-up his front three, reasoning that it remains the injury crisis that has engulfed Liverpool's defence this season which has been the real problem. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have all struggled at times this term, but Hoddle says it's been the lack of stability of the back four which has hurt the defending Premier League champions.

He continued: "Liverpool have been successful playing that system, where Firmino drops in and Salah is still scoring a lot of goals this season. He's still right up there.

"I think it's at the other end of the pitch. They've had 19 different combinations for central defence. Any team with that problem won't be at their best. Then it puts pressure on the top of the pitch. If they were 1-0 up for the past two seasons they knew they could see the game out because we would be defending solid.

"It goes back to when Klopp first arrived. They had to score three goals to win a game. Until (Virgil) van Dijk came and they bought a goalkeeper (Alisson). But this has been brought upon by injuries."

Hoddle went onto to explain why Liverpool fell at the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League against Real Madrid.

He added: "There were two key reasons why they went out. One, the crowd. They had no crowd at Anfield.

"And that third goal they conceded (in Madrid). They got back into the game with that away goal and you thought now if Liverpool were at their best, solid, they would've gone back to Anfield at 2-1 or maybe 2-2, but they conceded the third goal and it changed the complexion of that tie.

"But 3-1 might still not have been a problem if they had the crowd and their top defenders.

"I think that sums up Liverpool at the moment."


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