As the new season starts in Europe, Rio Ferdinand seems slightly worried about Liverpool’s modest transfer policy last summer.
Even though Liverpool has one of the best squads in Europe right now, Rio Ferdinand still looks worried about them. Throughout the summer transfer window, we saw clubs like PSG or Manchester United making impressive signings. The French giants got Messi, Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, and Achraf Hakimi. Man United signed Varane, Sancho, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp kept saying that the Reds weren’t on the market trying to sign any new players. He completely trusts the stars he currently has and the depth of his squad.
But for Rio Ferdinand, today’s football demands the top clubs to have enough players to face a complete season with four different tournaments. In his view, Liverpool won’t be able to reach the final stages of the season with a real chance to fight for silverware. Not signing any new top players might be detrimental to their attempts this season. Ferdinand is obviously betting on Manchester United to fight for titles before any other squad. However, he also knows clubs like Chelsea or Manchester City have better chances than Liverpool due to their transfer activity last summer.
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Contrary to all the preaching about young talents Klopp has done throughout the summer, Rio Ferdinand thinks that’s not enough. For a club as massive as Liverpool, signing at least one great top player is a must every summer. There needs to be a balance between youth and experience if you want to compete for trophies. This is what Rio said on BT Sport via Express: “Listen there’s a place for experience and there’s a place for youth, but you’ve got to get that balance right.
“If you were going to level any criticism at Liverpool over the last transfer windows, you’d say they could’ve spent a bit more in terms of numbers and quality and add a bit more quality in the forward areas. They added [Diogo] Jota, who unfortunately got injured and he did really well. You’d like that bit of ability to flex your muscles. You look around Europe and look at the ability and then the players around that to come in, Liverpool, outside the front three, are way behind those teams.”