If Jurgen Klopp is to succeed at Liverpool he must avoid the mistakes his predecessor made in the transfer market.
That is the opinion of former Reds manager Roy Evans, who was speaking to the Liverpool Echo.
Evans hopes Klopp makes three or four “big signings” at the end of this season, in a bid to improve his starting XI.
Klopp has already hinted that Liverpool will need to spend money if they are to challenge at the top end of the Premier League, and says plans are already in place to make additions come the summer.
The German made six signings ahead of this campaign, five of whom have featured in the first team.
The previous two summers, under Rodgers, saw Liverpool bring in 17 senior players. And while some – Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne – have gone on to become mainstays, others such as Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic and Christian Benteke proved to be expensive failures.
Evans, who managed the Reds between 1994 and 1998, wants to avoid a repeat this summer.
He told the Echo’s Anfield Extra podcast: “I think we’ve made some progress under Klopp. It’s never fast enough for supporters – supporters want things to be done overnight! – but since Jurgen’s come in, I like a lot of things.
“I like what he says, he wants the fans to enjoy watching the game and the players to enjoy playing it. They’re massive parts.
“This is an industry where, for me, entertainment is the main thing and results come along with that.
He’s getting there with his team. We’ve had a few chances to win trophies, but failed. But I do feel we are going the right way.
“Hopefully we can stay in that top four, and that’s a big possibility, and then come the summer I hope he starts to make three or four big signings, rather than going the way Brendan Rodgers went in making seven or eight – and maybe not getting the same quality as a result.
“That’s the way you have to go about it if you want to be one of the top clubs.”
Evans was Liverpool manager when, in 1995, the club broke the British transfer record to sign Stan Collymore from Nottingham Forest.
A repeat this summer appears unlikely, but he believes Klopp should not fear spending big money on the right player.
“I don’t think it’s about spending the money, it’s about making sure you get the right player for your team,” he added.
“Just because a player is available doesn’t mean you go and spend £15m on him just for the sake of it.
“The manager will work it out. Jurgen is a bright lad, but what he shouldn’t be frightened of is spending the money, because it’s not his, it’s the football club’s, and it is there to make you a better team.
“Jurgen has spoken and said he is happy to see people come through the system, which we all are. Our favourite players are the ones we have seen go from kids to great players – Gerrard, Carragher, Fowler – but sometimes you have to go out and buy them.
“I bought Stan for £8.5m, a record fee, and for the first 12 months he was worth the money.
After that, not so much…”