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Jamie Carragher: Expect Liverpool’s Summer Spending To Kick Off

Anfield legend understands more new faces are on their way.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says his club’s transfer activity will pick up a gear and expects to see more young talent to arrive.

The Reds have only bought Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson in a £16million deal but they have been linked with a number of stars.

Blackpool captain Charlie Adam and Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing are expected to move to Anfield in the next few weeks.

But having seen Ipswich target Connor Wickham join Sunderland and Arsenal’s Gael Clichy set for a move to Manchester City there is a worry they are falling behind their rivals.

Carragher is unconcerned and backed the club’s hierarchy to get more value for money from their signings and to bring in the right players.

“It’s still very early and I didn’t expect too much to happen on the transfer front before now,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Over the summer players, managers, chief executives and owners are all away on holiday.

“It’s only the start of July and with pre-season getting going next week I’m sure things will soon start moving.

“You often find that one deal sets it off and everything happens from there.

“I’m sure it will kick off over the next few weeks and hopefully we’ll get a couple more new faces in.

“The club now has a policy of focusing attention on young players and I think that’s the right way for clubs to go.

“You want to develop a team and have players at the club for a long time. I think that approach will really benefit us.

“Things don’t always work out, but it’s much easier to move on a younger player who still has a decent sell-on value than someone in their 30s.”

Carragher pointed to the acquisition of Henderson as an example.

“Jordan is a great signing. I know one of the coaches at Sunderland who rates Jordan very highly,” he added.

“He had a great season with Sunderland and we’re fortunate to have got him. I think he will add real energy to our midfield.”

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