John Barnes tells Liverpool to not spend £100m on players

John Barnes isn’t convinced Liverpool need to splash out £100m just to sign a player this summer given the quality in the line-up already.

Liverpool have only spent below £100m in the two annual transfer windows once across the past five years.

The Reds’ big-spending has seen them recruit star talent in Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

Manager Jurgen Klopp was, therefore, able to lead Liverpool to Champions League glory last season. He nearly even tasted Premier League success with these remarkable talents at his disposal.

But the German fired the club board a warning last week, where he urged them to “splash the cash” or risk falling behind their rivals.

However, Barnes doesn’t quite agree with Klopp on this one and instead suggest quantity rather quality should be the goal for this summer.

“I actually feel the opposite. I’m looking for something exciting but not necessarily anything new,” he told The Liverpool Offside.

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“Last season we needed players like Virgil van Dijk and Alisson to come into the team to be the main pieces in the squad and maximise the potential we had.

“This year, I don’t think there are any players who will be coming in to take the place of Salah, Mane, Firmino, or Van Dijk, so instead what we need to do is supplement the squad.

“I don’t think we’re going to go out and get a player for £100m to go straight into the team, but we don’t need that.”

Barnes added: “But there are players out there who can improve the next nine or 10 players after that, which is a relatively easier thing to do.

“Our current rivals, even [Manchester] City included, currently need a few players to improve the first XI and there aren’t that many players out there like that. We don’t need that and we’re just looking for players to improve the squad.”

Barnes is a former midfielder who won seven trophies at Liverpool between 1987 to 1997.

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

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