Houghton explains what Liverpool need to really move on

Liverpool legend Ray Houghton has explained what he feels the club needs in the transfer market in order to progress.

Liverpool legend Ray Houghton told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels his old club still need two marquee signings to show they’re serious ahead of next season.

Liverpool have been one of the most active clubs in the transfer market already this summer, ahead of the official opening of the transfer window next week.

However, Houghton told talkSPORT that despite the progress with the likes of James Milner and Danny Ings coming in, there is still a need for Liverpool to make a bolder statement in terms of transfers.

“There are some good signs but I feel he does need two marquee signings to really move the club on,” he said.

What are the good signs?

The good signs are the manager Brendan Rodgers is thinking clearly in terms of his transfer strategy.

He’s signed a versatile and heavily experienced player in Milner who can address a number of areas in the Liverpool squad and he’s attempted to solve an attacking problem by bringing in Ings.

He appears to be thinking practically over the issues facing his squad, with determination to make the side stronger moving forward.

Where could Liverpool make two marquee signings?

Houghton appears keen for some big money deals to go through, with players coming in and the club have just secured one in the form of Roberto Firmino for £29 million (fee mentioned by the BBC).

The middle of the back four as well as a wide man are two areas where a high profile signing would arguably be needed.

Do Liverpool have the resources?

Liverpool have the resources to be competitive over any deal in the transfer market, even after the Firmino deal, with Rodgers likely to only get extra cash through any sale from Sterling.

Hopefully all of the questions can be dealt with by the time the new Premier League season gets underway.

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