Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has sparked plenty of debate following his latest column for the Daily Mail.
The ex-defender compared Liverpool’s recent spending with that of Manchester United, writing that while the Reds’ fierce rivals bought star names, Brendan Rodgers’ club signed players to develop into stars.
There is nothing wrong with that, but Carragher highlighted last summer as the perfect chance for Liverpool to make a huge impact on the transfer market and sign the world-class stars they needed to cement their place back among the Premier League’s very best.
Instead United splashed the cash on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera while the majority of Liverpool’s summer transfers have caused more than a few raised eyebrows.
Carragher was questioned about his comments on Twitter on Saturday morning, prompting him to list a number of players who Liverpool had signed in recent years before turning them into stars.
Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano, Sami Hyypia, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Stephane Henchoz, Pepe Reina and John Arne Riise were all name-checked. And when you consider that list you cannot help but wonder exactly why Liverpool have not long-since put an end to their Premier League hoodoo.
But for all those signings, Carragher is right in the fact that Liverpool had the perfect chance to sign ready-made superstars in the summer, and instead, they sold one of the very best and replaced him with anything but.