BBC pundit Jenas questions Liverpool’s signings and assesses top-four aspirations

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Jermaine Jenas believes that Liverpool have no excuses this season after the money they have spent.

Jermaine Jenas has questioned the quality of Liverpool’s signings this summer and believes that they will miss out on a place in the Premier League's top four this season, the BBC reports.

The Reds have been one of the busier clubs this summer, bringing in as many as many as seven new players including the acquisition of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

Boss Brendan Rodgers has been heavily backed by the club’s hierarchy, and in some ways there is more pressure on the Northern Irishman to finish in the Champions League spots.

The club’s campaign got off to a good start on Sunday, with Philippe Coutinho firing in a late winner to hand the Reds a 1-0 victory at Stoke City – a big improvement on their last visit to the Britannia Stadium.

Nevertheless, Jenas – who was commenting on the game for the BBC – was unimpressed with the Merseysiders and questioned whether their signings would guide them to a top four spot.

"My feeling is Liverpool won't make the top four. The players they have brought in, are they really going to get you in a Champions League position? I'm not so sure. There's no excuse. The money has been there and if the job is not done then there are going to be consequences,” the ex-midfielder explained.

Improvements

While Liverpool’s signings haven’t exactly had that wow factor, they’ve been smart by clearly strengthening the spine of the team with James Milner and Benteke adding a physical presence.

Against Stoke, that wide-open attacking style Rodgers likes to play was altered somewhat and they looked considerably more solid, especially out of possession.

At Anfield, perhaps we can expect them to go a little more full-throttle but in tricky away games such as at Stoke, adopting a sensible approach and remaining compact may wield them more points this season.

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