Liverpool at risk of repeating Tottenham's mistake again?

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Liverpool are busy buying, but will they end their summer by selling Raheem Sterling, as Tottenham did two years ago with Gareth Bale?

Liverpool's desire to add to their squad this summer is impressive to say the least, even if the quality was subject of debate prior to the arrival of Roberto Firmino.

In signing the Brazilian, the Reds appear to have made an outstanding buy - but there are question marks over a player with no Europa League or Champions League experience.

Last season Liverpool also spent big, buying Premier League stars Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana, as well as coveted European talents Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic.

None of the four worked out, with only Emre Can impressing - when played in his best position.

Liverpool echoed Tottenham's failings in replacing Gareth Bale, as they sought to minimise the undoubted impact of selling Luis Suarez - but are at risk of being caught in the same scenario.

When Tottenham went on their 2013 spending spree, it was done when Bale was still at the club. They had insisted he was not for sale, but caved in one day before the deadline. Fortunately they had already signed his replacements.

Liverpool's spending spree will be defined by what they do with regards to contract rebel Raheem Sterling this summer, with SkySports reporting Chelsea and Manchester City are still interested.

Keep Sterling and Liverpool's summer will go down as a success, especially if they can get him to renew his deal.

But if their spending is simply a prelude to an eventual sale, the spotlight will be placed on another spree of transfers which is no guarantee to be successful.

Tottenham's 2013 is not as bad as made out. While Paulinho and Roberto Soldado have been undoubted failures, Christian Eriksen has been fantastic, and Nacer Chadli last season established himself as a key player, scoring into double figures.

Liverpool need a better success rate with their signings than they had last summer, but importantly the team must move forwards as a unit, and achieve a minimum of a top four finish.

Those prospects too are likely to be heavily influenced by the club's decision with regard to Raheem Sterling.

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