Romelu Lukaku and Raphael Varane’s arrival at Chelsea and Manchester United have been two of the biggest Premier League transfers this summer, but Liverpool have had a quiet window
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has warned Jurgen Klopp he may have made a transfer mistake this summer.
Chelsea splashed a huge £97.5million to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club, while Manchester United invested heavily with the signings of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho for comfortably north of £100m.
Liverpool, though, have only brought in Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for £36m, and do not appear to looking to bring in any new faces before the end of the transfer window.
The Reds are still one of the favourites to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
But ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley, Crouch admitted that the big-money signings from other clubs makes them a more exciting bet than Liverpool at this stage.
He said on BT Sport: “When a player walks through the door, Lukaku [at Chelsea], Varane at Man Utd, if they signed Lukaku [Liverpool] we’d be saying they’re front runners for the title.
“The fact they have’t signed anyone, they haven’t gone out and gone for someone a galactico type player, we’re thinking maybe they can’t.
“But this squad has the ability to be in the conversation at the end of the season.”
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One man who will need to stay fit and maintain the fine form he has already begun to show is Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian winger scored and assisted twice in the 3-0 win over Norwich last weekend.
And Crouch believes that he has only become the incredible player he has due to the policy at the club to improve current talent.
He went on: “They’ve done it with Salah, he was a rough diamond when he came here, many people thought they overplayed. There’s been players they’ve improved and that’s the policy.”
Fellow pundit Joe Cole echoed Crouch’s comments, even drawing comparisons with footballing great Lionel Messi’s style of play.
“He’s unbelievable,” said Cole. “It didn’t work at Chelsea but he’s come back and become a fantastic player.
“Do you know what I love about him? He’s so direct, he gets at players, no one’s like Messi but there’s an element to his game his left foot. So well balanced. Wonderful player.”
Crouch interjected of his goal scoring ability: “It’s an unbelievable record, he’s turned from a winger to become a ruthless goal scoring machine has been unbelievable. True Liverpool great.
“To get 100 goals in the same space of time as Henry they’re the types of players we’re talking about with Mo Salah.
“He’s had a bit of stick at times and Mane’s been unhappy with how he’s been selfish at times but when you’ve got someone like that in your team you’re always in with a chance. He’s up there with the top players for sure.”