Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that the club are failing to attract world-class players to Anfield.
Despite money being available for transfers, stuttering Premier League form and an early exit from the Champions League in their return season to the competition means a failure to bring in big names.
Rodges said: ‘It is difficult of course because players will opt, for whatever reason, to go elsewhere.
‘Some prefer to go to Spain, some to London, but you just have to keep working and finding players who can make you the best you can.
‘Last season, after nearly winning the league and qualifying for the Champions League and playing a game that excited people, we were in a great position to attract a high level of player.
‘We have to believe that the status of this club and the idea that the club moving forward will make players still want to come here.’
Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer, and talismanic captain Steven Gerrard is leaving the club at the end of the season to join MLS side LA Galaxy.
They had a chance to sign Alexis Sanchez in the summer, and despite offering more money, the forward chose to sign for Arsenal instead.
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