Nicol: Reds need major changes
Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes that the club need to make "drastic" changes if they are to challenge again for major silverware.
The Reds' only hope of a trophy this season is the Europa League and they have a fight on their hands to finish fourth in the Barclays Premier League in order to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.
Nicol, who coaches Major League Soccer side New England Revolution, stopped short of calling for Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez to be sacked, but is convinced a lot has to change for the Merseysiders to challenge Manchester United, who they face at Old Trafford today, for top honours.
He said: "Something drastic has to change because the team is going nowhere and ultimately someone is responsible for that.
"They need players and they need investment," said Nicol. "They've spent over £200m, so you can't say they've not had money to buy players. If you don't get the right players, you're not going to win games, and you have to say they haven't got the right players as a unit."
Nicol, part of the last Liverpool side to win the domestic league title in 1990, said: "(Gerrard and Torres) look as though they're carrying the whole stadium on their back. Every time they touch the ball they are under pressure to do something.
"You have big European nights where Gerrard and Torres are winning the games, but it is not possible to carry that burden every single time you step on the field."