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Jamie Carragher urges patience as Liverpool work to deepen squad.

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With Liverpool’s transfer season feeling very much like a ‘will-they-won’t-they’ plot that won’t end, it’s nice to have experts weigh in on just how anxious and frustrated they are as well. Jamie Carragher, who spent most of last season much like we did — yelling about Liverpool’s need to deepen the squad, is keen to give us his take on how Liverpool have fared so far.

“To be honest, I think we were all hoping that we would have been a lot happier at the stage,” Carragher told 5times.co.uk. “However, you’ve got to have patience. I’m sure the club are working 24/7 behind the scenes to bring players in, not only to keep the supporters happy, but to strengthen the squad for the big season ahead.

“Saying this though, I think Jürgen Klopp is looking to bring in quality rather than quantity, which is something that I’m personally happy with too.”

And speaking of quality, Carragher believes the van Dijk saga is almost impossible to predict and will likely come down to the last minute.

“I don’t think Liverpool have ended all their interest in him at all,” he said. “Nevertheless, if we go into the new season with what we’ve got now, I think there will be a lot of trepidation amongst the Liverpool fans.”

But while he can’t really predict how things will play out with van Dijk, Carragher is hopeful about the other giant rumour haunting the tabloids: whether or not Coutinho is on his way out. At least, he’s hopeful for the next season. Much like the rest of us, Carragher has no doubt that — should one of the La Liga giants come calling — Coutinho will likely answer.

“I think that Liverpool fans should really enjoy him over the next 12 months as, if a big money offer does come in at the end of next season and if the player wants to play for Barcelona, then there is not really much LFC can do.

“Let’s just hope we see him in a Liverpool shirt next season, which I think we will, and then let’s see where things go from there.”