Gary McAllister is proof that his advice about recruiting senior players is sound

The players walk out before the game

McAllister was a key recruit before a season filled with silverware at Anfield at the turn of the Millennium.

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Former Liverpool midfielder now club ambassador Gary McAllister knows what its like to join a side that is a work in progress. The Reds were exactly that when the experienced Scot arrived at Anfield in 2000 on a free transfer from Coventry City.

His comments in the Liverpool Echo about the Reds potentially buying experience in the coming window are probably of little surprise then.

Here's what he said: “If there’s an opportunity to bring the right one in, then it will always add to the squad,” he said.

“Football is a youthful game these days, a running game, but obviously at times you need calmness and experience.

“I am sure the recruitment team are looking at all options and if the right person becomes available, Liverpool will always be interested.”

Like now, back in 2000, Liverpool had a youthful midfield. Steven Gerrard was emerging a real star, Didi Hamann is often remembered for his later days but when Liverpool signed him from Newcastle he had only been in the Premier League for a season - and was 25. Danny Murphy had only just emerged as well. There were others. 

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Then if you look further up the field, Michael Owen was the man who they were relying on for goals while Robbie Fowler had just made a return from a serious knee injury. 

When you look around the Liverpool squad now, with the departure of Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel looking all the more likely, there appears to be a lack of older heads in the squad. James Milner is probably the older head, along with Lucas Leiva. They are 30 and 29 respectively. Experienced, yes. Older head and a figure head for others in the dressing to look up to? One doubts it.

There is no suggestion that if an experienced player that comes into the club should play a role in most games, but to be that dressing room influence. Someone younger members of the squad, and others, can go to advice.

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McAllister himself was a profoundly positive influence on the development of Steven Gerrard for the two years he spent at Anfield while also having something to offer on the field - usually from brilliantly taken set-pieces and a calming influence in central midfield. 

As a result, it was a successful two years for McAllister at Anfield - with the cup treble in 2001, and a second-place finish in the Premier League in 2002. 

The Scot is proof that experienced players can have a great effect on younger sides and if the right one comes along for the Reds, Jurgen Klopp would be wise to snap them up. But no-one should lose sight of McAllister's emphasis of the 'right' player coming in when recruiting. 

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