Former Wigan, Fulham and Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard believes that Liverpool should have targeted Neymar, or a player of equivalent quality, when they sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona last year.
The Reds let their talismanic Uruguayan go for a fee of over £70m shortly after almost securing a first ever Premier League title, and have sorely missed his goals ever since.
Suarez himself went on to help Barca to the treble last term, while in a contrasting season at Anfield Liverpool finished sixth and were eliminated from the Champions League during the group stage.
And Bullard – a much-loved figure due to his cheeky persona and tendency to score spectacular goals in his playing days – believes that the Merseyside club showed a lack of ambition in terms of replacing ‘El Pistolero’, with Neymar a player they should have looked at:
“They haven’t bought enough. They bought ok, but Roberto Firmino has not produced,” he told The Express.
“They got rid of top quality and they haven’t got that back.
“With the likes of Suarez going and not getting world quality, for me as a fan I want to see a world-class striker join.
“I wanted to see a Neymar or someone to replace Suarez. They took a risk with signing Danny Ings from Burnley.”
Liverpool have ended a run of four league games without a win on Saturday as Daniel Sturridge scored two in a 3-2 victory at home to Aston Villa.