Daily Debate: How should Reds spend?

After Brendan Rodgers vowed to carry on spending, Matt Briggs and Rob McCarthy debate how the Liverpool boss should use the Luis Suarez cash.

Last Updated: 17/09/14 at 16:04 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss will carry on spending

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss will carry on spending

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Should Liverpool look for marquee signing?

Liverpool have already spent the best part of £60million this summer on Lazar Markovic, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert but Brendan Rodgers insists he would have looked to bring in the quartet.

The £75million the Reds received for the Uruguayan means there is still plenty of cash left in the kitty for Rodgers to spend but should the Northern Irishman be looking for a big-money marquee signing to replace his star player or instead focus on adding numbers to a squad that looked on the thin side even without the Champions League to contend with.

Matt Briggs and Rob McCarthy have their say...

Matt Briggs (@MattPBriggs) - Big-money striker is needed

Liverpool simply have to bring in a big-money striker to replace Luis Suarez.

Tottenham failed after they made numerous signings to fill the huge void left by Gareth Bale, and boss Brendan Rodgers should heed the warning from White Hart Lane.

It certainly won't be easy replacing Suarez and the 31 goals he blasted for the Anfield club last season, but it's imperative to do so for their Premier League and Champions League ambitions.

It was an admirable attempt to land Alexis Sanchez - geography put paid to that deal with the Chilean keen to reside in the capital - but the very fact that the Reds were in the running to sign the forward is encouraging. And now Rodgers needs to step up his hunt and bag a big-time striker.

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony and Edinson Cavani have been mentioned as targets, and while both may well prove to be good signings, I don't think Bony for one would fit into the superstar bracket.

I think Rodgers should go and break the bank to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The 26-year-old France striker showed at the World Cup that he is in his prime and after firing 17 goals in 35 appearances for the Spanish giants he will undoubtedly be able to cut the mustard in the Premier League.

He seems to be the best viable option out there at the moment and well worth spending a large chunk of the Suarez money on.

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Rob McCarthy (@Robmac77) - Spend on the defence

I firmly believe that Brendan Rodgers would be better served spending the Suarez money on strengthening his back line rather than splashing the majority of it on someone that is virtually irreplaceable.

Admittedly I'm not a Liverpool fan but from the outside looking in I think Rodgers should be looking to get an upgrade on Glenn Johnson and a world-class central defender.

John Flanagan proved his versatility last season but it's a lot to ask a player of that relative inexperience to perform consistently well in the Premier League and Champions League week in, week out. To that end I'm not quite sure why the Reds boss didn't try to get Bacary Sagna when the Arsenal man confirmed his intention to quit the Gunners and be a back-up to Pablo Zabaleta at City.

Any combination of Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho didn't really impress me last season, so I think a big-money bid for German World Cup-winner Mats Hummels would be just the ticket for the Reds.

With Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic already on board, Rodgers has already improved the club's attacking options but it's what he now does with the Suarez money that could define Liverpool's season. That's exactly why I'm stating the case for a defence at Anfield.

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