BEFORE Jurgen Klopp goes shopping this summer, he should make an important phone call — to Jamie Carragher.
That is the advice of Liverpool old-boy Emile Heskey, who thinks his former team-mate should swap the Sky Sports sofa for the Reds’ Melwood training base.
Heskey made 228 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 60 goals.
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And delighted as he is to see Klopp’s all-out attack plan glean 68 goals this season — the best in the Prem with Tottenham — he is left tearing his hair out watching them at the back.
He said: “Defensively is where they’re seriously struggling. They need to understand their jobs better. For me they should get Jamie back as a defence coach.
“Get him to talk them through the psyche of being a defender and talk them through what they need to do.
“Half the time I watch Liverpool’s games and no one is talking to each other.
“I remember playing with Carra and against him and I always just thought ‘why don’t you just shut up, Jamie?’
“But it was important that he was annoying us all because he kept everyone on their toes and showed us the right way.
“That is exactly what Liverpool need and Mr Klopp should get on the phone to him right now.”
The Reds travel to West Brom today hoping to further cement their place in the top four.
And Heskey does not believe Klopp should worry about strengthening up front — and reckons Daniel Sturridge can still become a Kop legend.
The striker’s time on Merseyside has been blighted by injuries and he has now not scored in eight matches.
Heskey said: “I’ve been hearing Liverpool fans saying ‘why don’t you sign that forward or that one?’ They don’t need to because the club has one of the most fluent forward lines in the Premier League.
“They’ve got Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Sturridge.
“What Sturridge has done for the club in the short time he has appeared makes me think he can become a big legend there.
“People are saying they want to see him score goals.
“I just want to see a performance from him first because he deserves it.
“It’s been difficult this season for him because of injuries and because of Coutinho, Firmino and Mane.
“They’re not out-and-out strikers but the way they play, the interchange is incredible.
“The players don’t know what to do and it’s pleasing on the eye and it’s effective.
“So where does Daniel fit? When he gets the chance, he’s got to think about fitting into what the manager wants you to do.
“Plus he must score goals and put in performances.”
Klopp has already firmly established himself as a favourite with fans at Anfield.
The German’s touchline passion has impressed Heskey.
And not only that but the former England star thinks Klopp can finally grab Liverpool’s first top-flight title since 1990.
He said: “I’ve been very impressed with his man-management skills and you can see he has a great passion for all of the game.
“Is he the man? I see no reason why not.
“He has taken the club forward. I still hope they can go in the same direction next season, so why not?
“I’ve seen the football the team is playing.
“The fans have taken to him, the players have taken to him — and when you have the players ready to do battle for you, that is great.”
Heskey is impressed how Klopp still manages to keep everyone in the squad happy, even when they are not playing.
He added: “That is a good problem for managers to have.
“To be fair, Jose Mourinho did really well at Chelsea a decade ago by doing just that.
“They had the two best left-backs in the league, Wayne Bridge and Ashley Cole, and neither of them complained when they were left out — they just got on with it.
“They interchanged. One would come in, one would go out.
“It’s tough to keep them all happy because I know certain players won’t be happy, especially when they’re international footballers used to playing all the time.
“So there is a psyche on how to handle players like that — and Jurgen is doing it brilliantly.”