Gary Neville has said four transfers have caught Liverpool and FSG by surprise in recent months, which in turn have influenced the Reds plans this summer.

Speaking on the Overlap, the Sky Sports pundit suggested that the £100m+ sales of Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Enzo Fernandez have all shocked Liverpool’s transfer team in their own bids to sign these three players.

With Moises Caicedo another player worth over £100m who is expected to leave this summer, Liverpool have found themselves priced out of a market despite once having such funds to make these sort of transfers.

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With no UEFA Champions League money to rely on as well, Liverpool have found themselves struggling to break the bank this summer for top targets, and Neville says the Reds have been shocked by the figures flying around.

The pundit said: “They haven’t got the money to be able to compete, and it’s shocked them in the market. The Bellingham deal was £100m, Rice another £100m, [Enzo] Fernandez £100m, Caicedo £100m.”

Neville added: “They’re at that point where they’ve hit the ceiling at a lower level than the other clubs, and it’s going to come and hit them like a tonne of bricks.”

Liverpool have been underprepared to make major transfers this summer

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Missing out on top-four was, of course, a massive blow to how much Liverpool could spend this window on transfers. Yet even beforehand, the Reds have seem woefully unprepared for what was to come this summer.

Key targets such as Bellingham and Caicedo have slipped through their fingertips whilst the Reds are now scrambling to sign Romeo Lavia before the start of the new season.

Whilst some good deals have been made, many fans would agree that Liverpool could have done more this summer, and the upcoming campaign could highlight these issues in a big way for the Reds.

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