John Barnes - Liverpool don't need to sign superstar players

John Barnes says Liverpool don't need to sign star players like Manchester City and Chelsea.

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes has said he is happy with the transfer dealings from the club so far as they begin life after star striker Luis Suarez

The Reds have made four signings so far. Striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana have joined from Southampton, whilst versatile midfielder Emre Can and winger Lazar Markovic have joined from Bayer Leverkusen and Benfica respectively.

So far the Reds have spent just short of £60 million during this transfer window, and given that they are receiving £75 million for the sale of Suarez, there is a temptation for even more big spending during the window and to bring in a 'marquee signing'.

But club legend Barnes has told TalkSport he is fine with Liverpool not signing a marquee player. 

He said: “A lot of people may not have heard of them, very much like Philippe Coutinho, but we don’t necessarily need to buy superstar players.

“Certain clubs, like Man City and Chelsea, need to sign big superstar players, whereas Brendan Rodgers can fit players into his philosophy and his method. They might be players we haven’t heard of and are left thinking, ‘well why is he signing him because he is not a household name’. I am happy with that.”

Two of the most successful signings during Rodgers' time at the club have been Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Both players had the potential but had yet to become a star. The signings so far, and the players that are being linked with a move to Merseyside have impressed elsewhere but probably have a lot more to give, and have lots of improvement left in them. It's something which will suit the Liverpool manager nicely, as his reputation for improving players at Anfield seems to be growing by the day.

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