Liverpool must learn from Tottenham’s mistake, says Reds legend

Brendan Rodgers shouldn't blow the funds raised by Luis Suárez's sale on too many new faces, says Mark Lawrenson

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: Back Page Images

Mark Lawrenson has warned Brendan Rodgers to learn from Tottenham Hotspur’s mistake and not blow his transfer kitty on too many new faces.

Liverpool have bolstered their funds for new players after Barcelona completed a £75m deal for Uruguay international Luis Suarez on Friday.

Rodgers will have a plan, but he simply cannot afford to bring in too many new faces and expect them to gel

Mark Lawrenson

Rodgers has already signed Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can this summer, and the Liverpool manager is being linked with a host of top names.

But former Reds defender Lawrenson doesn’t want his old club to emulate Tottenham, who wasted their £85.3m Gareth Bale fee on poor signings last summer.

“Rodgers has to be careful not to blow the money on signing lots of players, as Tottenham Hotspur did with the proceeds of Gareth Bale’s sale last season. That did not work,” Lawrenson wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

“Rodgers will have a plan, but he simply cannot afford to bring in too many new faces and expect them to gel.

“The way the Premier League is these days, you need to hit the ground running when the first whistle blows on August 16. You have to start winning from the off. You don’t want to be chasing teams while also playing Champions League fixtures.

“Liverpool need to qualify for the Champions League next season. It was always going to be more difficult with Arsenal and Manchester United spending big, but it’ll be an even greater task with Suarez no longer there.

“Rodgers knows his team cannot afford to be left behind.”

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