Scales compares Liverpool and Tottenham's situations following sale of stars

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There have been plenty of comparisons between Liverpool's situation following the sale of Luis Suarez and Tottenham's with Gareth Bale.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham John Scales has been highlighting what he believes are differences from when Spurs sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer compared to Liverpool who sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona during this transfer window.

Comparisons from various ex-players, commentators and pundits have pointed out the similarities, whilst also saying the stature of the clubs - with Liverpool having Champions League football to offer where Spurs didn't - perhaps means that things could be different for the Reds compared to Spurs's disappointment after they spent over £100 million following the sale of Bale.

So far Liverpool have spent short of £60 million on players in this transfer window on four players, and are tipped to spend even more with at least the addition of a centre-back, left-back and striker.

In an interview with the Daily Express, Scales said: "The players signed all bought into Andre Villas-Boas's philosophy but failed to hit the floor running. The next thing, AVB was sacked and the new players were all disillusioned.

"There were a specific set of circumstances at Tottenham but it is not just them - any club bringing in a lot of new players have the challenge of integrating them.

"But as a player it is so much easier to settle into a clearly defined system where everybody knows what they are doing and that is what Brendan Rodgers has got at Liverpool.

"Rodgers enjoys a structure and organisation behind him that is much more stable than Villas-Boas had at Spurs. There was no clear alignment ever at White Hart Lane."

In both scenarios the club lost talismanic players who produced the goods for their sides in big games. It was said that Villas-Boas perhaps didn't want all of the players that were signed during the window, and whilst Brendan Rodgers sits on a transfer committee at Liverpool, he seems to have the final say on every transfer at Anfield.

The effect of having Champions League football to offer players compared to the Europa League will be played out in part this season, but there is still the question of trying to integrate players. This is one of the busiest transfer window at Liverpool for a long time. 

Maybe under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, the players brought in during the previous summer could start to flourish, whilst Liverpool's take time to bed in. The season ahead is going to be an interesting time for both clubs.

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