Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool FC need to spend big this summer

Ray Clemence wants Liverpool FC to invest significant funds in new players in the summer transfer window

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Liverpool FC need to invest significant funds in new players if the Reds want to keep pace with champions Manchester City next season, according to the club’s former goalkeeper Ray Clemence.

The Merseyside outfit narrowly missed out on their first Premier League title last term after Liverpool FC finished in second place and a point adrift of Manchester City.

The Reds only lost one game in the Premier League season after a narrow 2-1 defeat by Manchester City at The Etihad at the start of 2019.

Liverpool FC did end the 2018-19 season on a high note after Jurgen Klopp’s side were 2-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid last month.

The European champions have only signed Dutch teenager Sepp van den Berg in the summer transfer window so far after the 17-year-old completed a £1.3m move to Merseyside.

Liverpool FC haven’t been linked with too many signings in what looks like being a quiet summer transfer window for Klopp.

However, former Reds goalkeeper Clemence believes the Merseyside outfit need to spend big this summer to be in a position to challenge Manchester City next term.

“The thing is – and Liverpool and Klopp will know this better than anyone – you’ve got to keep trying to get better,” Clemence told the Daily Mirror.

“What they did last year was great, but they still finished second and I’m sure City will be looking to improve.For Liverpool to keep up, they need to make purchases as well. They have to go up another level because of the way City play.

“They got 97 points, lost one game all season and came second. That’s just incredible and it’s why I’m delighted they won the Champions League. To have won nothing would have been unbelievable.

“For the football club – and Jurgen – the longer it went on without winning anything, despite playing so well, the pressure would have got more and more and more. Klopp was allowed four years, which a lot of managers wouldn’t have been given if they didn’t win something.

“He was allowed that time because the board and fans realised what he was trying to do.

“Now they’ve got the monkey off their back, they’ve won something. I know myself that doesn’t mean it becomes easier the following year. Because you’ve won something, other clubs are even more determined to try and beat you. But at least you know you can do it now – and you know how you did it.”

Liverpool FC haven’t won the Premier League title and their last top-flight crown came back in 1990.

The Reds have finished as runners-up on four occasions.

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