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John Barnes explains Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity

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John Barnes believes the reason why Liverpool didn’t spend big this summer is that there nobody “out there who can come into the first team”.

Following their Champions League triumph in June, Liverpool underwent one of their quietest transfer windows in recent times.

The Reds only welcomed four new players in teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott, along with goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan. Overall, they spent just €1.90m in total compared to rivals Manchester City’s €168m.

Although the arrival of Adrian, who Liverpool signed this month on a free transfer from West Ham United, has proven to be a shrewd piece of business.

With Alisson Becker injured, the Spanish goalkeeper stepped up and saved the decisive spot-kick to hand Jurgen Klopp’s men a 5-4 win on penalties against Chelsea to claim the UEFA Super Cup.

Liverpool will now be eyeing up Premier League glory after bagging their first trophy for the season. So, Klopp will stick with the same line-up that missed out by a point last term to winners City.

But Barnes, who won two league titles during his days at Anfield, pointed out the German had no reason to make changes.

“I don’t think there is anyone out there who can come into the first team. You could say you could get someone to supplement the squad,” the Reds legend told Daily Mail.

“Just look at Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and even Tottenham, they needed signings to go into the first XI but we don’t.

“There is no one out there who is going to take the spots of the front three or the midfield three or the back four.

“Of course with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez coming back in, who didn’t play last year, they are like two new signings. So I don’t think Liverpool needed to make signings this summer.”

Liverpool opened their account for the 2019/20 Premier League campaign by thrashing newcomers Norwich City 4-1 last week. Next up will be a trip to St Mary’s on Saturday to take on Southampton, who lost 3-0 to Burnley in their opening match.

While convinced Klopp’s men can claim league glory, however, Barnes doesn’t expect them or City to run away in such convincing fashion again this season.

“Liverpool can go one better but so can City and all teams. City are still favourites,” added the former winger.

“But I don’t expect Liverpool just to lose one game this season and get the same points and I don’t expect City to get the same points as last time.

“If you look at United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea, they will be more consistent this year.

“I expect them [City and Liverpool] to be first and second but I don’t think they will run away with it as they did last season.”

24 Aug 1996: John Barnes of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/Allsport