Liverpool have been told they made a huge mistake in not replacing Luis Suarez with Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao - they had the necessary cash to do it too.
This is according to former Anfield defender Dominic Matteo, who said in an interview on radio station talkSPORT that Brendan Rodgers had failed to recruit sufficiently in the wake of the £65million sale of their top scorer from the past two seasons to Barcelona.
Liverpool were linked with a number of high-profile strikers in the wake of the transfer, including new Old Trafford star Falcao, but in the end they could only secure the purchase of Mario Balotelli from AC Milan.
Manchester United are reportedly paying a hefty fee to AS Monaco to sign Falcao on loan for the season on a deal worth £265,000 a week, with a further significant sum required to make the move permanent next summer. The Colombia international has only scored once for manager Louis van Gaal, but Matteo in convinced he should have been plying his trade at the Red Devils big rivals.
Despite United being a far more financially powerful outfit than Liverpool, Matteo has claimed that the Reds had the necessary cash to compete with Van Gaal for the big names. The failure to replace Suarez with the likes of Falcao, according to the retired centre-back, is the reason behind their early season struggles in attack.
Liverpool should have tried to sign someone like Falcao. We had the money
"It’s difficult to replace Luis Suarez, but Brendan should have tried to replace his goals. Liverpool should have tried to sign someone like Falcao. We had the money," he said.
“Liverpool have not bought particularly well. People thought signing Mario Balotelli for £16million was a good buy, but he hasn’t produced [the goods]. Liverpool needed to get a player who was guaranteed to score 20 to 30 goals a season. That’s what they’re lacking at the moment.”
Balotelli is yet to open his account for his new club in the Premier League and his travails continued during the dramatic 3-2 victory over QPR on Sunday. Missing an open goal was the low point in an abysmal display by the Italian, which was characterised by what looked like a lack of interest.
Rodgers will have been desperate for the return of another star from last season, Daniel Sturridge, but the England striker was ruled out for a further month before the match at Loftus Road.
United yet to feel benefits
Meanwhile, Manchester United's struggles away from home this season continued with a mixed display in the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion. Falcao was dropped to the bench for the game and struggled to make an impact after coming on.
With only one goal and some indifferent performances since his deadline day arrival, missing out on the former Porto and Atletico Madrid goal machine is yet to look too bad for Liverpool.