Liverpool newbies NOT world class, says ex-England ace

Former England and Manchester City star Rodney Marsh believes that Liverpool should have spent their summer cash on a “world class” striker and not on Mario Balotelli or Rickie Lambert.

The Reds sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75m during the last transfer window and spent the money brought in, plus around £30m extra, on a host of new names.

Balotelli and Lambert were the two strikers they plumped for, with replacing the goals scored by their departed Uruguayan a pressing concern for Brendan Rodgers.

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However, neither forward has netted a Premier League effort yet, albeit Lambert has featured infrequently, during the Reds’ stuttering start to the campaign.

Marsh believes that chiefs at Anfield got their business wrong over the summer in snapping up the duo, and that a genuine top class front-man is what was, and still is, needed:

“[Rickie] Lambert and [Mario] Balotelli were not marvellous signings and didn’t suggest to me they [Liverpool] would get back to where they were last season at all,” he told talkSPORT. “And I still don’t believe they will.

“They should have spent most of the Suarez money on a world class striker.

“And if they are still mid-table in January will they go out and try to sign that player? My thoughts are probably yes.”

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