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Robbie Fowler tells Jurgen Klopp where to focus Liverpool rebuild



Jürgen Klopp has promised Liverpool will rebuild this summer after a horrendous season which marked the end of a successful era for the Reds and Robbie Fowler has hinted that things could be improved.

I agree with Jürgen Klopp that he needs a rebuild this summer, with at least four signings – and possibly more -.

But I can’t help but think it has to be better than the transfer activity they’ve had in the last year if they are to return to the incredible level Liverpool enjoyed most of their time under him.

I’m not testing the players involved in any way, but how much did they spend to effectively revamp their striker and replace Sadio Mane? A conservative estimate says £150m. But what did they get for that money — and it’s a huge sum, despite fans complaining that the owners haven’t invested? potential is what.

Darwin Nunez looks exciting at times, but it’s far from the finished article and it may be a while before you see him realize it, if ever. I think the same could be said of Cody Gakpo. None of them started running, and that’s good.

Luis Diaz was a little different. You could say he was Liverpool’s best player until he got injured. But as a replacement for Mane? Not yet on the same page as a finisher. And the injury problems he already has hardly inspire confidence.

I think that was one of the main problems. They have spent money but it appears to be club policy to buy young talent rather than the finished boss, despite the high prices.

You look at the level of Liverpool last season, and if anyone wanted to join that team, they had to be among the absolute elite of world football. I don’t think they did. Still.

One could argue that Salah and Mane weren’t elite players when they arrived, but both were absolutely fantastic… So yes, owners HAVE to spend big in the summer, but it’s a bigger issue than that: scouting needs to be nearly perfect as it was in the past, with elite players who can make a huge difference right away.

It won’t be cheap. And it may not be wise to spend the money they have on a player. Let’s say the summer budget is £130m and they spend it on Jude Bellingham. A player simply won’t solve the team problem he has. I think they need at least three players to get straight into the starting XI. You won’t find two for free. Either the budget is well over Bellingham’s fee (if they can get it) or they are looking for three players at £45m each.

It’s tough in today’s market, but it might be the most sensible option…if the scouting team can replicate their past golden touch that has found so many players who have so quickly proved that they were among the elite.