Liverpool legend John Barnes says the club's dealings in the transfer market could lead to them securing a Champions League spot next season.

Following the signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in the January transfer window, midfielders Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam have both joined the club this summer.

The Reds ended the season in stunning form, just missing out on a Europa League spot to Tottenham Hotspur, and Barnes says the club can now compete for the top four.

“Of course they can get in the top four. They weren’t far away from it last season, and the strength in the squad now means they’ll be very competitive," he said.


"They will definitely have a good chance of being in the top four."

The former England international has experience of how successful Kenny Dalglish's management style can be, after winning successive league titles at the end of the 80's while at Liverpool.

Despite signing Henderson and Adam, Liverpool are far from finished in the transfer window with Stewart Downing being targeted as a potential recruit, a player Barnes likes the look of.

“I like Stewart Downing. Aston Villa struggled last year, but he was the shining light. He scored goals, he created chances and he played with intensity and desire.

“He’s a creative player, an attacking player. Downing and Ashley Young were the two best players at Aston Villa last year.

“If Liverpool can stretch a little bit further I would definitely go for Downing."

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