Whelan issues 'very exciting' Liverpool signings verdict after £60m confirmed news
Noel Whelan has claimed Liverpool are right to invest in expanding Anfield despite a lack of spending in the transfer market.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the Reds have the squad and ‘exciting’ future prospects to avoid needing to splash out on new signings.
As revealed on Wednesday, plans to expand Anfield by 7,000 seats have moved forward and the development will get underway next week.
The commitment to investing in developing the stadium comes after a summer of limited transfer spending.
Liverpool’s only significant outlay was the reported £36million on Ibrahima Konate.
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However, Whelan insisted fans should not fret over the big-money spending on infrastructure instead of signings.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “When they get over their injuries, look at the squad. It’s as strong as Man City or Chelsea’s if they can keep everybody fit.
“They’ve got young players coming through as well that we’ve seen. That’s very exciting for Liverpool in itself.
“They’ve got a good tradition as well of bringing homegrown players through. There’s a good pathway there at Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp seems a manager willing to give these guys a chance.
“He thrives on seeing these young players come through as well, and challenge themselves in first-team football.
“I think Liverpool is in a really healthy place. They felt they didn’t need to go out and spend. They got rid of Shaqiri and had Harvey Elliot. He is that replacement for Shaqiri.
“They’ve brought in young players for the future and now that’s coming to fruition. Why spend when you’ve got it already there? Just for the sake of it?
“You’re going to have to develop your stadium at some point. You’ve got to plan. Do they need to buy anyone? No, they don’t.
“That gives you that money to develop the stadium and host events there. You want to be keeping up with the Joneses and having stadiums that can cope with the demand and put on a spectacle.”