Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers needs more funds, says Gary Neville
Gary Neville says Brendan Rodgers £40m to spend is not 'going big'
Gary Neville has questioned whether Liverpool have really backed their manager Brendan Rodgers in the transfer market.
The Reds signed nine players in the summer transfer window, breaking the £110m mark, after Luis Suarez joined La Liga giants Barcelona in a £75m deal in July.
Big is going to sign a player for £80m. He hasn’t gone big; he’s touched the sides a little bit. The net spend is £40m, and I don’t see that as big net spend for Liverpool Football Club
However, Neville pointed out that the Liverpool owners have failed to significantly back Rodgers in the transfer market, taking funds raised by player sales out of the equation.
Neville said: “They obviously sold Luis Suarez for £65m and spent (around) £100m on five or six players, so they spent £40m. That’s not even touching the sides of what the big European teams do, and are spending when they’re really going for it.
“When you’re talking about a big club and Liverpool winning European Cups over the last 30 years, building a new 65,000-seater stadium; £40m net is not ‘going for it’.”
Neville added: “Man United have done it, City have done it, Chelsea have done it, Real Madrid will do it.
“If you want to go big, go big, and that’s not big! So the idea that he’s spent a lot of money in great club terms, he’s not. He’s spent £40m.
“They took a star off Brendan Rodgers and he’s got five in return and he’s obviously picked them so he has to take responsibility for that. And he’ll accept that I’m sure.
“Big is going to sign a player for £80m. He hasn’t gone big; he’s touched the sides a little bit. The net spend is £40m, and I don’t see that as big net spend for Liverpool Football Club.”