Liverpool transfers: Reds legend urges Rodgers to splash the cash

Liverpool transfers: John Barnes says Brendan Rodgers should focus on bolstering his defence and midfield this summer

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

John Barnes has urged Brendan Rodgers to focus his transfer strategy on bolstering Liverpool’s defence and midfield this summer.

The strength of the Reds’ rearguard was again called into question on Monday night after the Merseysiders let a three-goal lead at Crystal Palace slip in the final 11 minutes as they were held to a 3-3 draw.

We probably need a defensive midfield player and a couple of defenders

John Barnes

The result dealt a potentially fatal blow to Liverpool’s title hopes and left Manchester City needing four points from their remaining two games to win the Premier League.

But Liverpool legend Barnes felt that his former club were in need of defensive reinforcements regardless, even if Monday’s capitulation further highlighted their frailties.

“The defence is one [area to strengthen] – and midfield,” Barnes told The Sport Review.

“If you look at the attackers we have, we’re OK going forward and scoring goals.

“We probably need a defensive midfield player and a couple of defenders.

“You want a big squad; you look at the big teams trying to improve their squads year-in year-out.

“We haven’t got a big squad in terms of numbers and quality of numbers. That is something apparent whether we won the league or not.”

The 50-year-old says that the Reds were always going to have to strengthen in the summer in order to be able cope with the rigours of Champions League football next season.

“This year, they’ve shown consistency and with better players and a bigger squad, there is no reason why they shouldn’t [challenge], especially as they will understand the continuation of what Rodgers is trying to achieve.

“Make signings in the summer for the Champions League next year so we can be competitive, which is all you can ask for.”

England legend John Barnes and Charlotte Jackson are lending their support to YO! Sushi’s #TEAMTWO campaign, asking the nation to get behind Japan as their second team to be in with a chance of winning £1million if they lift the World Cup

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