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That is the verdict of former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool have £142million to spend after selling Coutinho to Barcelona on Monday.

In the past two seasons, Liverpool have spent big in the transfer market signing the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and most recently Virgil Van Dijk for £75m.

Naby Keita is also set to arrive in the summer after the Reds agreed to pay £51m for the Guinea international.

Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez have been linked with replacing Coutinho but Carragher believes Liverpool can afford to be patient before splashing the cash.

Carragher told the Telegraph: “Where the Coutinho departure differs is Liverpool have a more balanced squad now than in 2009, 2011 and 2014. 

“They do not need to panic buy. If a long-term target can be signed they should act, but otherwise it is right to wait.

“Having been criticised a few year ago, Liverpool’s recruitment team has been more astute recently; Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez have proved to be exceptional signings. 

“Virgil Van Dijk and the soon-to-arrive Naby Keita promise much. 

“These recruits ensure Klopp can direct his resources on pursuing one or two high class players rather than six or seven, as was the case with the Suarez money. 

“At the start of next season we will be seeing a fully-formed Klopp team rather than a developed version of the squad Rodgers left behind.

“This makes me more optimistic longer-term than I was following the Suarez transfer.”