Ex-Liverpool ace says old club will not ‘do a Tottenham’

Former Liverpool and Tottenham defender John Scales believes that the Reds will not repeat the mistakes Spurs made in the transfer market last summer.

The Lilywhites sold Gareth Bale for a world-record £86m fee just under 12 months ago, and promptly re-invested the fee, plus more, to bring in a host of big name players from across Europe.

Of these seven signings, arguably, only Christian Eriksen was a success, with expensive talents such as Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela failing to adjust in a turbulent campaign.

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Liverpool find themselves in a similar position now after selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a massive sum, with the Merseysiders having already splashed £60m on Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Rickie Lambert.

However Scales has confidence in Brendan Rodgers’ side, and believes that Spurs’ problems will not haunt Anfield:

“Of course the similarities are that Liverpool have lost Suarez while 12 months ago Tottenham sold Gareth Bale. But those parallels will have been drawn at Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers will have seen the experience they suffered at Spurs.” He told The Express.

“With the way the players were brought in by the director of football and the whole process of getting them to White Hart Lane, with hindsight it did not work well for Spurs.

“There were a specific set of circumstances at Tottenham but it is not just them – any club bringing in a lot of new players have the challenge of integrating them.

“But as a player it is so much easier to settle into a clearly defined system where everybody knows what they are doing and that is what Brendan Rodgers has got at Liverpool.

“Brendan knows that the personalities of the players are as important as their abilities.

“Rodgers enjoys a structure and organisation behind him that is much more stable than Villas-Boas had at Spurs. There was no clear alignment ever at White Hart Lane.”


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