‘They never really took a chance’ – Merson tells Liverpool to learn from Spurs’ mistake

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Paul Merson has warned Liverpool that they risk suffering the same fate as Tottenham Hotspur if they fail to strengthen this summer because of the perceived strength of their team.

Tottenham famously went without buying a single player for two transfer windows before they shelled out big money on some signings last summer.

The Lilywhites had been challenging for the league title until 2018 and on paper, the squad seemed like it had few weaknesses.

Some of the gambles which Spurs did take in the transfer market, including Georges Kevin-Nkoudou and Vincent Janssen did not work out.

The Lilywhites have arguably failed to sufficiently replace the likes of Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele, and have suffered as a result.

Merson believes Jurgen Klopp could suffer a similar fate to the one Mauricio Pochettino did at Spurs if the Reds do not strengthen this summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports (as relayed by The Express): “I think Liverpool need to buy, but it’s hard to know exactly where.

“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.”

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As much as our failure to strengthen in the summer of 2018 and the subsequent January hurt us, what seems to have hurt us more is that we seem to have got our signing wrong last summer.

We spent big money last summer but Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso have not had the impact on the first team that we would have hoped for while Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke look like they still have some way to go in their development to contest for a first-team spot. Liverpool, in contrast, got their big-money signings spot-on.

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