It is that time of the year again! The time where clubs compete for the very best talent out there. Well for Liverpool fans they will be hoping it is not a same-old transfer window where Liverpool will be close to sealing a world-class player, but instead the player chooses another club and the Reds will splash out on a mediocre young British player.
If Liverpool want to cement a place in the top four then the answer is simple, they need to spend. Last year Brendan Rodgers spent £112 million on talent, how many of those players have actually improved the first team? Liverpool need to change their philosophy and bring in ready-made stars who will make an immediate impact.
It is looking likely that Liverpool will have to settle for fifth place, a season of disappointment some might say. However, looking at how much Liverpool spend on player wages this is where they should be. If Liverpool want to compete at the very top level then they need to splash out more. Many would argue that signing three top class players for £35 million is better than signing ten average players for £15 million.
Did Liverpool need to improve their squad depth last season? Yes. Do they this season? No. Liverpool must buy ready made players who will make the difference in big games.
When Liverpool were losing to Manchester United and Aston Villa they never had anyone who looked capable of producing something magical.
Brendan Rodgers claims that Liverpool are struggling because of the absence of Luis Suarez. You would have thought £112 million would buy you 'that' player who would make the difference. Rodgers, to save his job, needs to buy someone who will make the difference.
Who to buy?
Well, although Liverpool will most likely miss out on a Champions League spot, they will qualify for the Europa League and that will still attract some top players.
It is not impossible, Manchester United attracted Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao whilst missing out on a top four place, so Liverpool can still look for the best. Here are some players Liverpool could be looking to sign:
A well accomplished attacker with good composure. PSG could be persuaded with an offer around £15m.
Some might say a little too ambitious but why not give it ago. Has struggled whilst being at PSG, £40m would be enough.
Definitely keen on a move to Anfield. Been on top form since January, £20m offer on the cards?
Proved himself at the highest level, struggling to break into the Barca side of late. Barcelona would be tempted with an offer around £28m.