Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said that the club's transfer policy has prevented them from kicking on from promising positions, and points to a specific example from last summer.
Shortly after the Reds came so close to winning their first title since 1990, they lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, while showing an interest in signing Alexis Sanchez from the club, but the failure to land the Chilean as part of the deal was not a good move according to the Reds' legend.
In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge wrote: "Whoever the manager, whoever is in charge of the signings. we just don’t buy well enough, and it costs us dearly.
"Look at this season, for example. How much different would our campaign have been had we got our business right last summer? How much different would it be had we had signed Alexis Sanchez?
"We held all the cards with that one. We had Luis Suarez, and Barcelona wanted him. Suarez should not have been allowed to join Barcelona until Sanchez was signed on at Anfield.
"If we’d have done that deal, our season would have been very different. And so would Arsenal’s."
It is often talked about among Liverpool fans that they should have pressed harder to make Sanchez part of the deal to take Suarez to Barcelona, and that the Reds should have dug their heels in with an approach of 'we don't get Sanchez, you don't get Suarez.'
The price of Suarez's departure this season for Liverpool this season has been a big one, even if he would've been ineligible until November after his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but from then on he would've addressed Liverpool's dire need for more firepower in the final third of the field.
Judging by the season Sanchez has had for Arsenal, his impact on Liverpool could have been just as noteworthy having scored a total of 22 goals across all competitions in his first season in English football.
But the overriding feeling is that Liverpool have not been clever enough in the transfer market for a while, and it's one of the reasons they have not been able to kick on from the promise of last season.