Liverpool didn't spend enough in the summer, Gary Neville claims.
Gary Neville says if Liverpool really want to move forward, they need to spend the likes of £80 million on a player.
The former Manchester United star believes the players who replaced Luis Suarez are nowhere near the same quality, yet when it coems to net spend, Brendan Rodgers has not received as much support in the transfer market as it may seem.
He told SkySports: "They took a star off Brendan Rodgers and he’s got five in return and he’s obviously picked them so he has to take responsibility for that. And he’ll accept that I’m sure.
“Big is going to sign a player for £80m. He hasn’t gone big; he’s touched the sides a little bit. The net spend is £40m, and I don’t see that as big net spend for Liverpool Football Club.
“If they measure themselves in terms of a club winning the Champions League, then they need to spend like one."
Neville may believe in his comments, however persuading a player who is worth £80 million to sign for Liverpool is quite another thing.
They lost one in Luis Suarez, and the time to do so was last summer, when Champions League football was on offer.
Instead they did not even commit half of that on one player, signing Adam Lallana at £25 million - a player who had never played in even the Europa League.
Now, eliminated from the Champions League, it's going to be even tougher for Liverpool to sign a player of the calibre Brendan Rodgers aspired to.
It's been mentioned by several pundits including Phil Thompson that they wanted Alexis Sanchez, only to see him sign for Arsenal, and there was seemingly no back-up plan.
A striker like Edinson Cavani would have been ideal to replace his Uruguayan countryman, and would fit into the sort of price range Neville describes, although perhaps more like £60 million - but persuading him to sign now will be a tall order.