Paul Merson has suggested that Liverpool could be in danger of emulating Tottenham Hotspur should they decide to not spend money this summer, in comments reported by Sky Sports.
The Reds can now reflect on another incredible season. They followed their Champions League win last term by clinching the Premier League title at a canter.
Liverpool finished 18 points clear having been one behind Manchester City the previous year. And that achievement is all the more remarkable given that the club barely spent a penny last summer.
They added depth in goal. Meanwhile, they also brought in a couple of promising young players. But there were no marquee signings.
That may leave Klopp feeling incredibly confident that Liverpool do not need to go out and spend big money this summer. But Merson suggested that Spurs’ fortunes since coming close to winning the title should act as a warning to those on Merseyside.
“I think Liverpool need to buy, but it’s hard to know exactly where,” he told Sky Sports. “Spurs had a similar situation under Pochettino a couple years ago; they had such a good XI, that anyone they bought wasn’t likely to play much. You can’t live like that, you have to keep competition and keep rotation.
“There’s a fast food chain that sell more burgers or chips than anyone else, but they spend more on advertising than anyone else. You’ve got to kick on.
“I found that with Spurs, they never really took a chance, and it has come back to bite them.”
It is incredibly disappointing that Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at Spurs did not yield the trophies that it threatened to for some time. And unfortunately, they now look some way off being ready to return to that level.
But Liverpool have shown this season that a lack of marquee signings does not have to hold a team back.
Of course, they will surely have to be prepared for Manchester City to step up their game. But Liverpool have had more than a taste of success over the last year, so Klopp would surely be forgiven for not feeling the pressure while the window is open.