John Barnes believes Liverpool must secure three marquee signings this summer if the club are to break back into the top four.
But former Anfield favourite Barnes claims more investment is needed as the side are too reliant on Steve Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
“Liverpool need better quality players, not squad players,” the former England winger told Drive Time. “While they expected that to be Carroll, Henderson, Adam and Enrique, they need three players who are true first team players.
“Those new players should not be rotated, they should be the main players. Liverpool need more creative players because if Suarez doesn’t score and Gerrard doesn’t drive forward and score goals, [they struggle].
“They need more attacking players, someone with a bit of flair in midfield and another goalscorer, a real centre forward.
“Hopefully with Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jose Enrique they can show the form from last year which made Liverpool sign them in the first place. Let’s wait for another season before we make judgements of them.”
Carroll and Henderson have been unconvincing for the Reds this year but Barnes believes the pair deserve more time at the club before a final decision is made about their futures.
“Now in the future they will improve, but they’ve only been in the Premier League for one year [before getting moves].
“This is a long term project for Liverpool, they are looking at those players and thinking they’re going to be around for the next six, seven, ten years.
“All Liverpool fans will have wanted it to work straight away and it hasn’t, so let’s support them and give them a year to bed in. Let’s see what happens next year.”