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Ex-Man Utd defender Neville: Liverpool didn't 'go for it' in the summer

Gary Neville suggests Liverpool did not go hard enough to sign top quality players in the summer transfer window.

The former Manchester United defender was speaking on Sky Sports in the wake of the Reds' 1-1 draw with FC Basel on Tuesday night which denied the Anfield club qualification for the Champions League Round of 16.

Liverpool lost star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the last transfer window and according to Neville they failed to bring in anybody of the quality of the Uruguayan which has contributed to their poor start to the 2014/15 season.

"They obviously sold Luis Suarez for £65m and spent (around) £100m on five or six players, so they spent £40m," said Neville.

"That's not even touching the sides of what the big European teams do, and are spending when they're really going for it.

"When you're talking about a big club and Liverpool winning European Cups over the last 30 years, building a new 65,000-seater stadium; £40m net is not 'going for it'."

He added: "Man United have done it, City have done it, Chelsea have done it, Real Madrid will do it.

"If you want to go big, go big, and that's not big! So the idea that he's spent a lot of money in great club terms, he's not. He's spent £40m.

"If they measure themselves in terms of a club winning the Champions League, then they need to spend like one. Then they've got to enter that level and that level is not £40m net spend."

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