Chelsea have made Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz their top transfer target but Jamie Carragher thinks they should first sort out their goalkeeping position by axing error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 25-year-old Spaniard has failed to impress since joining the Blues from Athletic Bilbao for £76million.
Premier League champions Liverpool slotted five past Arrizabalaga as they ran out 5-3 winners at Anfield last night.
Carragher was covering the game for Sky Sports and he saw Liverpool lift their first top-flight trophy in 30 years.
But when analysing Chelsea, the former defender explained why Frank Lampard must bring in a new No 1 before making a move for Havertz.
“Chelsea won’t go any further unless they change their goalkeeper,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Going back to how important goalkeepers are, I look at this Chelsea team and there’s a lot I like about it, it does remind me in a lot of ways the position Jurgen Klopp was in a couple of years ago.
“He’s done as much as he can, yes Frank’s still in his early stages but those big signings can completely transform you as a team.
“I still think Chelsea need a defender, you see how many goals they’ve conceded. I think a lot of that is down to the goalkeeper being totally honest.”
There are also big questions over Chelsea’s defence as they have conceded more goals than any side in the top half.
And Carragher thinks strengthening that area of the team is also more important than buying more attackers.
“You see a lot of centre halves at Chelsea without seeing one really outstanding one, those are the areas that if they are going to challenge Liverpool and Man City they’ll have to rectify in the summer,” he added.
“They are the worst team in the league defending corners. This is a massive problem for Chelsea.
“Yes [Timo] Werner is coming in and the lad from Ajax, there is talk of Havertz as well.
“It sounds great and it gets supporters excited but it means nothing if you don’t sort out that back three and certainly that goalkeeper.”
Chelsea have yet to make an official bid for Havertz and are stalling because of Leverkusen’s £90m price tag.