Graeme Souness has conjured up a theory as to why Liverpool are not spending much this summer.
There has been just one new arrival at Anfield in the transfer window – Kostas Tsimikas, and he will mainly act as back-up to Andy Robertson.
Jurgen Klopp has not splashed the cash for yet another window.
Takumi Minamino was the only signing in January while Adrian joined last summer on a free transfer in the only major arrival.
But the Reds continue to be linked with players and the latest reports indicate they are monitoring the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Ismaila Sarr.
However, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will fork out the necessary money to land these targets.
The Premier League champions kicked off their title defence with a frantic 4-3 win over top-tier newcomers Leeds United.
And in the Sky Sports studio, former Reds star Souness has outlined his reasons for why Klopp has kept his pursestrings shut.
"What I would have liked to have happened, I would like them to have freshened it up, got a few faces in," Souness said.
"When you're the current world champions, Premier League champions and until recently the European champions, you'd like to think the easy part would be attracting top players. I'm sure they've got the money.
"But I think on the other side of the coin it must mean that the manager, Jurgen, knows what he's got coming out of the youth development squad and he must feel that these people coming in can do a job for him."
Manchester City have been made favourites to wrestle the crown away from Liverpool this year but Souness is backing for old side to retain their title.
"Yeah for me they do [start the season as title favourites]," the Scot added.
"The word consistency comes into play when you think not just last year but the year before, missed out by, what was it, two points the year before?
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"So they're a team that is beyond what I would understand consistency to be.
"I played in some very good teams and people would say great teams but never found the consistency that this Liverpool team have found.
"They have just been off the charts with it and I don't see it changing."
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