John Aldridge tips Liverpool's Emre Can for big things and calls for investment

The ex-Liverpool striker has assessed some of the signings that arrived last summer and has called for a couple of big names to be added for next season.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has offered his assessment of the current squad as what has proved to be a disappointing campaign for the Reds draws to a close.

Aldridge rates Emre Can very highly, with the 21-year-old, who has impressed mostly in the back line this term despite his preferred position being further forward in midfield, backed by the Liverpool legend to become a big player for the club.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge commented on many other signings, saying: "Emre Can has been the light out of the new bunch. I think he should get a run next season in the midfield area – he’s only 21 and could be a diamond.

"Personally I think he could go on and become a really big player in world football.

"I want to be fair to the likes of Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic, who cost £40million between them, but they’ve been very ordinary at best.

"Albert Moreno has gone backwards but he’s only young and I think there’s a chance with him."

Can seems to have become a favourite among the fans, Lovren has struggled to find any consistent form, Markovic's chances have been limited in recent weeks - though he has shown flashes of his talent, he has yet to set the world alight at Anfield - and Alberto Moreno had an impressive start to life on Merseyside but his form has slumped a little as the season has drawn closer to a conclusion.

Even after last summer's big investment at Anfield, Aldridge has expressed a desire for the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, to dig deep and deliver two big signings.

The strategy so far has been a case of trying to buy young players, developing them, and maybe even selling them in years to come for a healthy profit.

But Aldridge wants a statement of intent in order to make the side much more competitive next season, suggesting his old club should target a midfielder and a striker.

"We need two really big signings that will get people off their seats – that’s what we deserve as one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"I want outsiders to say 'Wow, Liverpool mean business again, look at that.'"

As is outlined in his column, Liverpool's task of doing just that is made all the more difficult without the Champions League to attract players, but one only needs to look down the East Lancs Road at Manchester United and see that a club can attract the big names even without the pull of Europe's premier club competition.

They did, however, spend a lot of money in 2014, and the club seems pretty reluctant to pay the very top wages for their players - but with the Financial Fair Play rules seemingly relaxed, this summer should present an opportunity for the club to think and buy big.

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