Former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton is hopeful about the club spending big in the summer transfer window to rival with Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Current Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, who is set to take charge of Manchester City after the end of the season, is expected to overhaul the squad at the Etihad Stadium to suit to his methods.

Chelsea too are certain to splash the cash in the summer, especially with the Blues’ failure to win silverware in the present campaign.

On the other hand, Manchester United, who have spent big for the last two seasons, are likely to continue their spending spree as the Red Devils struggle to become the dominant force they once were.

And Houghton thinks Liverpool's owners will also look to change the squad and bring in some fresh faces, with a high-profile manager such as Jurgen Klopp now being in charge of the Reds.


“This summer’s going to be so interesting”, he said on LFC TV, after the Europa League game on Thursday night.

“Guardiola coming into Manchester City, they will look to spend big, Chelsea will look to spend big, hopefully Liverpool will spend big, you think Klopp coming in must have some reassurances from the owners about changing the squad around.

“Manchester United need to spend. They have spent £250m and you are wondering where it’s gone.”

Liverpool have been heavily linked with making a move for Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze, who has previously played under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.