Liverpool legend John Aldridge airs top-four fears amid another busy summer of transfer activity

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The former Anfield hero feels the club have failed to address the key deficiency in their squad.

This summer has seen Liverpool embark on a another spending spree following the failure of last year’s splurge, where a £107 million outlay – per the Guardian - on seven players could only produce a sixth place finish.

Today sees the official opening of the transfer window and Liverpool have already secured six signings with Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, James Milner, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino being followed by Nathaniel Clyne’s announcement on the club’s official website today.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge took to Kicca to give his take on the signings and his thoughts on what Liverpool can achieve next season.

He said: “Liverpool have bought some good players in recent weeks, but they will still struggle to finish in the top 4 because they haven’t bagged a proven goal scorer.

“Unfortunately Sturridge will not deliver that many goals and Ings will struggle to get the chances in his first season.”

Aldridge singled out Milner, Clyne and Firmino as good signings, stating: “We’ve needed someone in that position (right back)... Firmino should slot right in... Milner is a good signing following Gerrard’s departure.”

One thing he feels Brendan Rodgers has failed to do, however, is add someone that guarantees goals, and it’s this fact that will prevent a top four finish.

He added: “They haven’t replaced Suarez and that’s what they had to do. You need someone who will score 20+ goals season in, season out and they still haven’t got that player.”

“And without that striker they will not break into the top four.”

Rodgers will start to feel the pressure should another season pass without success following almost £200 million in transfer fees over the last year.

The race for the top four is as competitive as ever and the prospect of one of United, City, Chelsea or Arsenal dropping out seems unlikely at this stage, but cup success will surely be a minimum requirement for the Northern Irishman next season.

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