Liverpool transfers: ‘Reds need couple of £25m players to break top four’

Liverpool transfers: Former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson says the club may need to sign a 'couple of £25m players'

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Pepe Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 Photo: Standard Chartered

Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool may need to sign a “couple of £25m players” to break into the Premier League’s top four this season.

Brendan Rodgers has already signed Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure for almost £24m in the summer transfer window.

But Lawrenson reckons the Reds, who finished seventh last term, might need to sign some big-money signings if they harbour any ambitions of qualifying for Champions League.

“They are striving for fourth place to get those revenues increased by Champions League football, but they might need to buy a couple of £25m players to do that – money they might not necessarily want to spend given it’s no guarantee of a top-four finish,” Lawrenson told Liverpool Daily Post.

Lawrenson also believes Liverpool are still paying the price for the reign of George Gillett and Tom Hicks, as shown by Pepe Reina’s loan move to Napoli.

“If the manner of Pepe Reina’s departure has demonstrated anything, it’s that Liverpool are still paying the price for the reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett,” he added.

“Brendan Rodgers was refreshingly honest in admitting financial forces were a significant reason for Reina being allowed to rejoin former manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli on a season-long loan.

“Reina is one of Liverpool’s top earners, and the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, were keen to take such a strain off the wage bill, not least for somebody the wrong side of 30.

“The American owners have made no secret that they are keen on balancing the books and signing players who have a sell-on value, should they choose to claw their money back.

“With Reina, they thought that if nobody was going to take him permanently, they could at least get him off the wage bill to the tune of £5million a year.”

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