Former Newcastle United striker Micky Quinn explained on the Colin Murray Show for talkSPORT yesterday why he feels Liverpool need to ‘wake up’ based on their summer so far.
Quinn was far from pleased when talking about Liverpool’s business in the transfer market, suggesting that they should be aiming higher as they look to get back to the heights of the 2013/2014 season.
“They’ve brought in James Milner on a free, they’ve signed a striker who scored 11 goals in the Premier League for a relegated team and they have a 20-year-old dictating which club he wants to go to, willing to leave such an historic club,” he said.
“They need to wake up and smell the coffee.”
James Milner is not a player who excites a lot of fans but he is versatile and he has experience.
Manager Brendan Rodgers knows exactly what he’s getting from Milner any time he picks him and he can do so in a variety of defensive or attacking positions.
Danny Ings is a more difficult signing to read because he’s only had one full season in the top flight and as Quinn suggests, his team got relegated from the Premier League.
However, he does appear to have a good eye for goal and could thrive playing in a side with higher quality and more consistent service.
As for Raheem Sterling, the Daily Telegraph has reported that Manchester City are working hard on a deal with the Reds holding out for a fee in the region of £50 million.
If they get that cash then there’s nothing to say that Rodgers can’t reinvest some of it to ensure that he gets a top quality replacement, who may turn out to be better than Sterling has been over the last two seasons.
Liverpool still have a good chance of the top four next season regardless.