Former Liverpool midfield Danny Murphy believes that Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long is not the player that the Anfield club need right now.

British media speculation has linked the Reds with a potential £8million move for the Southampton front man, as Jurgen Klopp's side continue to struggle in front of goal.

However, Murphy insists that signing Long would be a mistake for Liverpool and that the Tipperary man offers nothing that current striker Christian Benteke provides.

"There’s no point bringing in players who aren’t better than what you’ve already got," he told Talksport.

"Would you suggest Long is a better player than Benteke? I don’t think so. Liverpool have to play Benteke and use him better.

"You have to play to Benteke's strengths. The way Liverpool are playing at the moment isn’t really suited to what Benteke is good at, yet he’s still their top goalscorer."

However Murphy's former team-mate Didi Hamann believes that Long could be a viable option up front for Liverpool.

The former German international believes that Long's aggression in front of goal could be of benefit to the Reds and said via twitter: "I like him. Think he would be a good signing. Team lacks bite up front since Suarez left. 

"Even if he doesn't score he always contributes, can't be said for too many at LFC. They've got enough so called class players who flatter to deceive. Got to learn to grind out results, Long's a perfect fit."