Liverpool have been warned against repeating the errors made by Tottenham Hotspur over Gareth Bale, when searching for a replacement for Luis Suarez.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign a new forward to replace the Uruguay international following his switch to Barcelona with reports suggesting he is ready to breaking the £100m barrier this summer in order to cover Suarez's departure.
The loss of such a significant figure evokes memories of Bale's departure from Tottenham last summer, when he joined Real Madrid for a world record fee and the north London club went on a huge spending spree but without success.
And John Scales, formerly of Liverpool and Tottenham, says Rodgers risks repeating the errors made by the White Hart Lane club should he sanction a mass overhaul this summer.
"Of course the similarities are that Liverpool have lost Suarez while 12 months ago Tottenham sold Gareth Bale," he told The Express.
"But those parallels will have been drawn at Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers will have seen the experience they suffered at Spurs.
"There were a specific set of circumstances at Tottenham but it is not just them - any club bringing in a lot of new players have the challenge of integrating them.
"But as a player it is so much easier to settle into a clearly defined system where everybody knows what they are doing and that is what Brendan Rodgers has got at Liverpool.
"Every owner, fan or manager would want to go out and buy another star player, but you have got to get the balance right," he added. "There are financial fair play rules, budgetary constraints and even the philosophy of the club to think about it.
"Liverpool just have to accept that Suarez is one of that handful of irreplaceable players so it was going to be an impossible task. That must be taken for granted."