Brendan Rodgers has been slammed by Trevor Francis for lacking balance in his Liverpool transfer business this summer.
The Anfield boss was given excessive funds to strengthen the squad following the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez and has since bought no less than six players with more set to follow. The total paid is approaching the £100 million mark with Alberto Moreno set to take it over the threshold.
According to former England international Trevor Francis, Rodgers still has not done enough to ensure the loss of Suarez will be compensated. He says that more money will have to be spent between now and the transfer deadline if Liverpool are to mount a title challenge.
He told Sky Sports: "There’s £100million spent and only £4million put aside for a striker, that being Rickie Lambert.
“If they get the left-back Alberto Moreno then I think that’s going to cost close to £20million and that will take the spending up to £110million and £10million of that was spent on Divock Origi who has gone back on loan to Lille.
“So forget the young Belgian player for the moment, there’s £100million spent and only £4million put aside for a striker, that being Rickie Lambert."
“I just think that somewhere along the line the balance is not right. He needed a £30 million striker. Don’t ask me who because that’s not my job – that’s why he is in the job and why he has got scouts all over the world looking to try to bring somebody in.
'Back to bite him'
“Ultimately it might come back to bite him. Whatever he’s going to do, he has got to be positive and I believe he’s got to do it before the transfer window closes at the end of August."
Francis has aired concerns that seem to be drifting through the halls of Anfield at the moment: how are they going to replace Suarez?
It seems Rodgers is ready to award Daniel Sturridge a starring role after his impressive goal-scoring season last term. But without the creation and penetration of Suarez, many fear they will struggle to mount a significant Premier League title challenge.
Lambert set to struggle
More worryingly, the only striker Rodgers has added to the squad has not convinced Francis at all. According to Francis, Lambert is looking uncomfortable in the shirt of his boyhood club and doesn't believe the 32-year-old can handle the pressure that comes with playing for a top club.
He continued: “I’ve watched him in three or four games and in one game he was taken off at half-time and today he struggled throughout. He didn’t look comfortable playing in those surroundings.
“He is desperate for a goal. Steven Gerrard scored the goal from the penalty spot and I wish that had been Lambert because he needs a goal. The quicker he gets it, the better for him.
“He’s got an important role to play there.”
Francis has theorised that Rodgers himself will be disappointed with the performances of the former-Southampton man in pre-season friendlies, but also believes the Ulsterman will attempt to cover up the cracks.
“He would have expected more from Lambert,” said Francis.
“He will try and gloss over it in the best way possible because he wants to keep his confidence high, but this is a player who at the moment is struggling.