Is it time for Liverpool to make a fundamental change in strategy?

After investing in young talent, which hasn't proven to be a success so far, more recognised quality is surely needed at Liverpool.

After yesterday's defeat to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final, there have been a lot of questions and finger pointing as the Reds are without a trophy for a third straight season.

Towards the end of last season, Liverpool were full of optimism, even if they were about to miss out on the Premier League title. Such a surge from seventh to title challengers within the space of 18 months was an incredible rise, but in the background there was a real problem which was exposed in the summer.

Luis Suarez was sold for £75 million, and a flurry of transfers followed. Who was well-known outside of the players who had previously played in the Premier League? The answer is none of them.

That's not to say that some of the players that were brought in during the summer won't prove to be good signings in the future even if they are on the end of some criticism now.

Emre Can, Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic all have talent and are very young, though they may not be flavour of the month among supporters at the moment [even if a certain banner which may not be suitable for print would say otherwise about Can].

But there is a problem in all of this, Liverpool didn't spend a penny of the money on proven, top class players. Instead they have players at their disposal who need time to develop while the club itself needs them to immediately rise to the big occasion, a continuing problem it seems.

Brendan Rodgers suggested earlier on in the season that the summer transfer window could be one of the biggest for a while, suggesting perhaps they have the bones of a squad that can kick on. Now there need to be recognisable players coming into the side in order to fulfil the ambitions.

Liverpool can no longer afford to do things cheaply and the owners in FSG must dig deep and spend in order to attract quality and help take the side to the next level. Otherwise, they could become a very poor imitation of Arsenal for the past 10 years.

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