Liverpool will reportedly focus on making a marquee summer signing rather than improving the depth of their current squad.
According to Metro, Reds owners Fenway Sports Group will provide ‘significant’ funds for the transfer window and are keen to go after a world class name in order to increase the chances of the Merseysiders challenging for the Barclays Premier League title next season.
Despite Liverpool supremo John Henry commenting recently that he was surprised by the lack of quality running through the squad at Anfield, it would appear the American businessman would rather splash the cash on star names rather than purchase players for squad rotation purposes.
This change in mindset has reportedly been helped by the emergence of the likes of Martin Kelly and John Flanagan from the Liverpool Academy – with each player tipped to play a big role at Anfield next season.
Prior to his injury, Kelly had estasblished himself as a regular member of Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool side – and the youngster's form even forced his manager to move Glen Johnson to left-back in order to keep Kelly in the side.
Flanagan, meanwhile, enjoyed an impeccable debut against Manchester City last Monday and has been hailed as a future Liverpool regular.
The rapid rise to prominence of the 18-year-old has taken many by surprise – not least Liverpool Academy chief Frank McParland, who was delighted to see the young defender make hi s first-team bow.
"John Flanagan gave an accomplished performance in our 3-0 win over Roberto Mancini's side, rarely putting a foot wrong in what many are hailing as the finest bow from a right-back since Rob Jones kept Ryan Giggs quiet way back in 1991,” McParland told the official Liverpool website.
"It was a great moment for everyone here at the Academy, from the players and staff right through to his family and Flanno himself.”