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Ex-Red Bellamy says Liverpool need a ''busy week'' in transfer market to shore up shaky defence

Ex-Anfield ace Craig Bellamy has called on manager Jurgen Klopp to have a ''busy week'' in the transfer market - shoring up Liverpool's shaky back-line.

He says the lure of Champions League football, which Liverpool secured with a 6-3 aggregate victory over German side Hoffenheim at Anfield, would ensure top players wanted to sign for his former side.

''We’ve known the areas Jurgen Klopp needs to address for a long time, and he’s clearly aware of it, too, with the players he’s tried to draft in this summer,'' Bellamy told betting firm Paddy Power.

''They still need more at centre back and a defensive midfielder would be a key signing for me.

Getting defensive - ex-Red Bellamy Credit: PA Pictures

''Defensively, Liverpool have had a problem for years now. You will still get chances against them.

''Against the top teams, you have to work very hard to create an opportunity. However, Liverpool will always give you at least one chance in a game. Sometimes, that’s one chance too many.''

Defensive worry - Bellamy highlights Dejan Lovren as a problem Credit: PA Pictures

''I like Dejan Lovren and Klopp definitely seems to fancy him, too, otherwise he wouldn’t have offered him in a new contract last April,'' Bellamy added

''But he might need someone more commanding beside him because he’s prone to mistakes.

''Maybe he lacks a bit of competition – at the moment, Liverpool only have three really obvious centre halves.

''A club of that size needs four really good players in that position.''

But at the other end of the pitch, the picture looks brighter for Bellamy. Striker Sadio Mane, who has two goals in two games, is singled out for praise:

Mane man - striker Mane has ''pace and intelligence'' Credit: PA Pictures

''Mane has been the main man since he arrived at Anfield.

''He has pace and intelligence, and is ruthless. Some talented players let you off the hook, but once he sees a weakness, he’ll exploit it at every possible opportunity.

'His performances for Liverpool have been brilliant. They really missed him last season when he went on international duty, and as soon as he came back it was obvious that they’re a far more devastating unit with him in the side.''