Liverpool must ask Michael Owen for transfer advice, says Cottee

Liverpool should pick the brains of their former players when it comes to transfers, says Tony Cottee.

Liverpool need more variety in their transfer committee, former Premier League striker Tony Cottee has told SkySports.

The former Everton striker believes the group tasked to find players for manager Brendan Rodgers lack football experience, and the club should look to draw on the advice from their departed or retired stars.

Speaking to SkySports Morning View on Monday 28th September, Cottee said:

"Where's Jamie Carragher in all of this? Talk to Robbie Fowler, talk to Michael Owen if you want to sign a striker. I've no problem with transfer committees but you need football experience."

Liverpool have invested in a dozen or so players over the last two seasons, with money available thanks to cashing in on Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.

Yet many players have struggled to make a positive and consistent impact, like Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana. Others like Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic underwhelmed so much they were sent out on loan for the season.

New addition Divock Origi looks to be struggling at this early stage, although Danny Ings and Christian Benteke have shown promising signs.

The biggest impact up front could be from Daniel Sturridge, who returned from injury at the weekend to score two goals to fire Liverpool to a 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

Michael Owen, now retired, can be found as a pundit and commentator on BT Sport, and whether he is the answer for the Reds or not, Cottee's point that Liverpool need people who have played the game helping them advise who to spend big money on, is a valid one.

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