John Barnes told the Liverpool Offside that he doesn’t believe that Jurgen Klopp needs to make marquee signings this summer.
Liverpool were a lot more active in the transfer market this time last season and with Sepp van den Berg the only player to have joined the club so far, there is debate over what is needed in terms of incomings this year.
Some believe more quality is needed on the bench while others believe that one or two squad options will suffice.
John Barnes told the Liverpool Offside: “Last season we needed players like Virgil van Dijk and Alisson to come into the team to be the main pieces in the squad and maximise the potential we had.
“This year, I don’t think there are any players who will be coming in to take the place of [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino, or Van Dijk, so instead what we need to do is supplement the squad. I don’t think we’re going to go out and get a player for £100m to go straight into the team, but we don’t need that.
“Our current rivals, even City included, currently need a few players to improve the first XI and there aren’t that many players out there like that. We don’t need that and we’re just looking for players to improve the squad.”
RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi claims that there is “concrete” interest from Liverpool in Nicolas Pepe but he alone would reportedly cost just over £70m.
With seven weeks remaining until the close of the summer transfer window, there is still plenty of time remaining for Klopp to get a few names in through the door.
Liverpool cannot afford to stand still in a market which has seen European rivals like Real Madrid spend big to sign the likes of Eden Hazard and if the Reds want the Premier League they need to continue improving in order to do so.
Barnes might be correct in saying that Liverpool are strong enough to not be hurt by not signing starters but the Reds need one or two quality players to improve their bench.