Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Liverpool has performed below expectations this season, with the Reds having all but missed out on Champions League football following their failure to beat Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
While admitting that the Merseyside club overachieved last season which will have put high expectations on them this season despite losing Luis Suarez, he feels their Premier League campaign has been a considerable failure, and was critical of the money they’ve spent in the summer following Suarez’s £65M sale to Barcelona.
Summer arrivals such as Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana set Liverpool back more than £60M, but have endured difficult debut seasons at Anfield. Balotelli in particular was left out of the side to face Chelsea on Sunday, which caps a miserable campaign, with few goals scored by him.
Lallana has suffered injuries and hasn’t come close to paying his £25M transfer fee off. Markovic hasn’t played as much as expected, and Gary Neville feels the poor spending coupled with a miserable league campaign is proof of a real underachievement by Liverpool.
The former Manchester United and England defender was recently quoted as saying: “The players they brought in haven’t settled as quickly as they would have wanted. This season is probably underachieving slightly because they would have expected more from the money they spent and the new signings.”
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