Mario Balotelli

Former England international Rodney Marsh has slammed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' summer spending spree following his failure to adequately replace Luis Suarez.

The Reds lost their star striker to Barcelona in the summer, but made a whopping £75m through his sale to the Catalan club. The former Swansea City boss was one of the busiest managers in the summer making a total of nine signings.

However, the former Queens Park Rangers striker feels that Rodgers did not spend well and with the money he had, he should have targetted a world-class striker in the Suarez mould.

Rodgers signed Rickie Lambert and Italian international Mario Balotelli to replace the Uruguayan, but they have been incapable of filling the big boots left behind by Suarez, as Liverpool have had a stuttering start in the new Premier League season. They are currently in 14th place in the league.

Marsh believes that Liverpool will never reach the heights they reached last season with the current crop of strikers and feels Liverpool will have to go out buy another striker during the January transfer window.

"[Rickie] Lambert and [Mario] Balotelli were not marvellous signings and didn't suggest to me they [Liverpool] would get back to where they were last season at all. And I still don't believe they will," Marsh told talkSPORT

"They should have spent most of the Suarez money on a world class striker.

"And if they are still mid-table in January will they go out and try to sign that player? My thoughts are probably yes," the former Three Lions forward added.