Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has criticised Liverpool’s summer signings.
The Merseyside outfit recruited heavily in the summer transfer window in order to enlarge the squad for the 2014-15 campaign, but so far the results have not been as per expectations.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches in the Premier League, Liverpool find themselves seventh in the table with 14 points from nine matches.
Striker Mario Balotelli has been hugely criticised for his truly underwhelming performances, but Scholes believes that the rest of the Liverpool players need to take responsibility as well.
‘Another week of Mario Balotelli stories and I cannot help thinking he is an easy target’, Scholes wrote in The Independent. ‘There are some players at Liverpool getting away with murder while Balotelli cops a lot of the stick...
‘It does not detract from the reality that Liverpool lost Luis Suarez, their best player and key goalscorer last season, and their next best striker, Daniel Sturridge, has been injured for so long’.
Scholes is also left unimpressed with the other big-name signings Liverpool made in the summer, but Adam Lallana seems to have done the job for the former England international midfielder.
‘Balotelli has taken the spotlight off some of the other summer signings’, wrote the 39-year-old. ‘Dejan Lovren has struggled. Lazar Markovic has not scored and he cost £20m. Alberto Moreno is quick but is yet to convince as a defender.
‘Adam Lallana is the only one who looks like he is comfortable with the shift, and at £25m he was overpriced. I recognise Brendan Rodgers needed a bigger squad, but they should have gone for fewer players and greater quality. Balotelli cannot take the blame for all of that’.
One has to agree with Scholes’s assertion that Balotelli alone cannot be held responsible for Liverpool’s disappointing season so far. However, there is a long way and there is every reason to believe that the Merseyside outfit will recover.