Former Liverpool player Stan Collymore has warned the club of the mentality challenges they will face if there are no big-money arrivals this summer.
The Reds will defend the Premier League title for the first time this season, having beaten nearest rivals Manchester City by 18 points.
But they are yet to spend heavily, with Takumi Minamino and Kostas Tsimikas the only arrivals this year for a reported total of £19m.
The biggest move Jurgen Klopp’s side have been linked with is a £30m-rated transfer for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
And Collymore, who spent two seasons at Anfield and scored 28 goals in red, has warned that this needs to increase in the remaining days of the transfer window.
Writing in his Mirror column, the 49-year-old said: “Where are the players whose arrivals would make the dressing-room sit up and think: ‘We’d better push ourselves even more this season because the gaffer is getting serious’?
"Even with reinforcements it would be very difficult for the Reds to match last season’s form; without them it would be almost impossible.
"Don’t get me wrong, we know the title-winners have an excellent mentality, so of course they will be competitive once again. Under boss Jurgen Klopp, that’s practically a given.
"But history tells us that players need pushing most when they have just won something and Liverpool’s squad will be no different."
Liverpool have recently been linked with a move for Barcelona flop Antoine Griezmann, who only moved last summer for £108m from Atletico Madrid.
But the former forward believes the Premier League champions need to increase their presence in the transfer window.
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"Right at the top it will be between Liverpool and City again, though, and if Liverpool want to defend their title then they have to get the cheque-book out,” Collymore added.
“Signings like that say ‘this is a test for you in the dressing-room now’.
“Compare that to the message Liverpool’s dressing-room has received with the arrival of only full-back Konstantinos Tsimikas in the summer and Takumi Minamino in January.”
But the numbers behind owners FSG do suggest why Liverpool are not spending as much in the transfer window.
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