The former Liverpool man believes financial fair play is beginning to work…
Liverpool fans will likely be happy to read that our former chief executive expects us to compete for big name players during the summer transfer window, despite last year’s heavy spending.
Rick Parry has, according to the Daily Star, backed us to match the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea as Brendan Rodgers once again revamps his squad ahead of next season.
Last summer was tinged with disappointment as, despite spending over £100m on eight players, we missed out on our top target – Alexis Sanchez – who instead elected to move to Arsenal after leaving Barcelona.
The Chilean’s rejection, coupled with Luis Suarez’s departure and Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes, have slowed our progress so far this season, with goals far more hard to come by than they were during our previous campaign.
Indeed, with a top four finish now looking unlikely, most of the talk has been about us hanging onto our current stars – such as Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson – rather than recruiting more (via the Daily Express).
However, Parry believes that his former club will come good during the off-season break. He told reporters: “Yes I do [think they’ll compete for big name players].
“I think the owners Liverpool have got are really smart people. I think the financial fair play rules are starting to have an impact.
“We’ve suddenly seen last year the profitability of Premier League clubs improving, so we’re getting a bit more of a level playing field.
“I remember when Roman Abramovich first came in to Chelsea our policy was ‘we’re just not competing in that market’. They can only have 11 players, we’ll pick from the best of the rest.”