Former Liverpool star Patrik Berger fears for his old club's future.
Berger believes Brendan Rodgers faces a massive fight to revive the club’s ailing fortunes.
Berger told the Mirror: “For the past decade, the trophy they want to win most is the Premier League – that’s the one that’s missing.
“They need players because in my opinion Liverpool’s side is average.
“The squad is average and that’s why they finished where they finished. They can compete with anybody, you saw that in their cup runs this season. But in the long-run the quality is not there, that’s why they’re not competing over a Premier League season.
“Even a few years ago they had (Fernando) Torres up front, (Craig) Bellamy, (Peter) Crouch and Robbie Keane on the bench.
“If players were injured or suspended they still had three world class players on the bench to step in. Right now they don’t have it, they have spent a lot of money in the last couple of years but the players haven’t delivered.
“They need four or five top class players but it’s going to be difficult because of where they finished in the league. The top players want Champions League year in, year out. That’s not going to happen at Liverpool at the moment.”