Liverpool have struggled because of poor recruitment claims John Aldridge

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John Aldridge believes a series a poor signings is the reason why Liverpool have not won the league title in 25 years.

28 April represents the last time the Reds captured the top-flight prize in 1990 under Kenny Dalglish, however, Kopites have witnessed their side go through a frustrating drought since.

The Merseyside club have went close, finishing runners-up in the Premier League in 2001, 2009 and most recently in 2014 as well as winning a number of trophies along the way including the Champions League in 2005.

The only major piece of silverware Liverpool haven't won in that timeframe is the league-title and Aldridge - who's 26 goals aided the Reds to league glory in 1988 - feels that failure in the transfer market is why his former club haven't topped the table.

"What happened, then? It’s easy to point the finger at individuals, and to look at the various examples of mismanagement, throughout the club, that have gone on in the last 25 years," the 56-year-old wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

"But for me, Liverpool’s demise comes down to one thing above all others; bad recruitment.

"It’s a hot topic at the moment, transfers. It always is, to be honest. But in my eyes, it’s the single biggest reason why Liverpool fell off their perch, and the main reason they have been unable to get back on there.

"Think about it; how many players have we signed since that last title win? I’ll tell you, it’s 185. One hundred and eighty-five players brought into the club. How many of those players would you say were unqualified successes? I’d suggest not many. Fifty, maybe?

"How many, on the other hand, have been unqualified failures? I’d estimate, conservatively, at least 100.

"A hundred footballers signed by this club in the last quarter of a century, who would not have got into our reserve team during the 1970s and 80s. That tells you everything. You expect mistakes in the transfer market. It’s not an exact science. And hey, one man’s flop is another man’s superstar. We all have our opinions on players.

"Nevertheless, it’s been a huge problem, from the early-90s to the present day.Whoever the manager, whoever is in charge of the signings. we just don’t buy well enough, and it costs us dearly."

Under-Par Signings

Over the years, there have been a number of countless signings for big transfer fees that have failed at Anfield.

In fact, it is a list that could well rival no other Premier League team.

The likes of El Hadji Diouf, Salif Diao, Fernando Morientes and Harry Kewell were all expensive purchases but all failed to make an impact at Anfield.

Paul Konchesky, Andrea Dossena, Joe Cole and Antonio Nunez - need I go on any further?

The Reds have purchased a number of average players who either have had just one decent season or are past their best. Both Diouf and Diao performed well at World Cup 2002 for Senegal, helping their side reach the quarter-final of the competition, however, then-Liverpool boss Gerard Houillier likely did not thoroughly have his homework done on the two players.

It has frustrated Kopites seeing average players join Anfield when other club's have attracted the world's top players.

Last Summer No Different

The sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer didn't surprise many, however, Brendan Rodgers failed to replace the Uruguayan.

Instead to signing another top-class striker, the Northern Irishman instead went for quantity instead of quality. He spread his money out, purchasing Mario Balotelli, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic in hope of replacing Suarez, but, that tactic has failed.

The current transfer committee at Liverpool must be questioned. Given credit to Rodgers, he reportedly did not want to take on Balotelli, however, it was the committee who over-ruled the Reds boss.

A question many Kopites have been demanding is, who is on the committee? Are they football fans who know the game and thinking of the club's best interest to prosper or is it a group of businessmen representing owners Fenway Sports Group who are putting Liverpool's bank balance first?

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