Neville: Liverpool can't sign £40-50m players, but this is what you would hope

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Gary Neville says signing mega-stars is beyond Liverpool, but is disappointed at the fact the players they have bought haven't stepped up.

It can't be said Liverpool's bench lacked strength against Ludogorets last night, except the problem was they were not sat there to be rested.

Manager Brendan Rodgers had chosen that several of his expensive summer signings were not reliable enough to play in the important Champions League game.

These included Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Alberto Moreno, and Dejan Lovren, and the decisions were not even very controversial.

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville told SkySports this underlined how bad the summer business has been, and the need for them to step up. 

He said: "Liverpool would never have expected after three months they'd have £65 million talent sitting on the bench. You'd expect, hope, they'd settle a bit quicker.

"Liverpool are not a club which can buy £40-50 million players.

"£20-25 million players are their big signings. They are not even in the team."

Liverpool were criticised for not going for more expensive additions over the summer, yet they did reportedly try to sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, only to be snubbed in favour of Arsenal.

Of the benched players, Lovren is the one who has really disappointed this season, with the defence arguably looking worse than last season despite having a £20 million centre-half at the back.

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