Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on the Reds' first two summer acquisitions and believes that James Milner and Danny Ings are more associated with "perspiration rather than inspiration".
The former Reds defender feels that the duo are not the marquee, top quality signings Brendan Rodgers had suggested earlier in the year, but is confident that they will add quality to the team, especially after the Merseyside club suffered a disappointing end to the season with a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Stoke City.
The Northern Irishman is aware that the pressure is on him, after a poor Premier League campaign despite spending over £110m last summer. He has acted fast snapped up the English duo, who were also targets for Manchester United and Arsenal.
"There's no doubt though that you associate perspiration rather than inspiration with both (Milner and Ings) but on the back of a 6-1 defeat at Stoke and a poor end of the season we need it!" Carragher wrote on sports social networking site Kicca.
The 27-year-old former defender, who is currently a TV pundit, feels that Ings will take up Fabio Borini's place in the team, and will be mainly used as a squad player during next season, featuring mainly in the Europa League and the League Cup.
The Liverpool hierarchy has kept faith with Rodgers for yet another season and will be banking on the manager to set things right at the club, and the manager is aware that they need proven talent rather than young players with potential to challenge for a place in the top four next season.
"I think Ings will take the role of Borini in the squad & will provide more than he has, that will probably come in the Europa league & Capital one cup [sic] to start with then it will be up to him to show if he deserves to start more," the former England international added.