Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that Liverpool did not make the right signings in the summer transfer window.
The Reds brought in no fewer than nine player (Divock Origi was loaned back to Lille), but they have yet to fully convince.
While Emre Can has struggled with injuries and Rickie Lambert has not been given enough chances, Mario Balotelli has failed to score even a single goal in the Premier League so far this season.
Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo both have looked promising but have made mistakes, Dejan Lovren has looked severely sub-par and Lazar Markovic still seems to be adapting to English football.
The only summer signing who has looked anywhere near good is Adam Lallana, who joined Liverpool from Southampton for a reported transfer fee of £25 million.
Scholes believes that Liverpool are still relying on last season’s key players to get them the points and highlights the three areas they needed to have signed top-quality players.
‘Once again we go back to Liverpool’s signings in the summer’, the former England international wrote in The Independent. ‘They did not recruit well enough. They are relying on the same players as last season to bring them through the big games…
‘Last season they came close to winning their first title in 24 years, and they played well. Now we keep hearing that they are in “transition”.
‘They are in transition because they did not buy well enough in the summer. I feel they needed to concentrate on signing one top striker, one top midfielder and one top centre-half. Instead they spread their net too wide’.
Scholes has a point. Although Liverpool did make signings in defence, midfield and attack, the new players have not played so well.
Although one would expect Lovren to eventually come good in defence, doubts will remain on Balotelli. As talented as he is, the Italy international has struggled with consistency throughout his career.