As the new season gets underway, there is a lot of debate on whether Liverpool will be able to make a return to the Top Four and add some silverware to their trophy room or not. Many fans have adopted a rather critical opinion of Liverpool’s pre-season displays as well as their summer activities in the transfer market with the club spending heavily on players such as Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson. However, there have been plenty of reasons to believe that Liverpool is indeed, on the way up and a return to the Big Four is imminent.
1) Luis Alberto Suarez is one of the key factors which led me to believe Liverpool will indeed be a force to reckon with this campaign. For a player to switch club and country mid-season and still manage to make a sizeable impact come May is truly remarkable. The Uruguayan filled the gaping hole left by Fernando Torres’ departure almost instantly. “El Pistolero” as he is known in his native country, will also be in good spirits following his explosive performances in the Copa America and the striker will be hoping to emulate his International form in Liverpool colours this year. Moreover, after enjoying a successful first season in England, Suarez will be much more accustomed to the English style of play and with the new summer recruits settling in well to support the striker, who’s to say Liverpool’s number 7 won’t be at the top of the scoring charts come May.
2) Transfer activities at Anfield this summer have been nothing like they were last year. A total shift in the club’s transfer policy has seen an influx of money invested in proven Premier League players with the best of their years ahead of them. Stewart Downing, our most expensive summer signing, has been under the club’s radar for many years now. His playmaking abilities and versatility has convinced the club’s new American owners to spend big on him and keeping his pre-season performances in mind, he could very well be a bargain. To add to it, summer signings of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson can both fill the void left by Steven Gerrard’s injury and will go a long way to strengthening our midfield. Recently acquired Jose Enrique can solve our left-back problem which has been the club’s Achilles heel for many years. Moreover, with Raul Meireles and Alberto Aquilani along with others providing the necessary squad depth, Liverpool now have a squad capable of challenging for the European spots.
3) No European football this term could be just what Dalglish needed in his first full season as Liverpool’s manager second time around. The club is going through a rebuilding process and the added pressure that comes along with European football could very well be a distraction the Scot could do without. Liverpool just isn’t ready to compete against top European teams and with the club now focusing solely on domestic competitions, a top four finish seems more likely.
4) Arsenal, who are in direct competition with Liverpool for a Champions League spot have had a turbulent summer with the Gunners resigned to losing club captain Cesc Fabregas and quite possibly Samir Nasri, putting an end to a long running saga. Having already lost Gael Clichy, things at Emirates seems to have taken a turn for the worse and with a number of key players gone, Arsene Wenger’s refusal to revolutionize his ideology and transfer policies have been the cause of some serious unrest among the Arsenal faithful. After constant reports linking most of their big name players with moves away from the Emirates this summer, Wenger has been kept busy to say the least, on guarding the exit doors and thus, Arsenal’s inability to spend big in the summer to sort out their defensive woes as well as to strengthen their midfield has led many to believe that Kenny Dalglish’s men can successfully overtake the North Londoners in their bid for a Champions League spot.
5) Stability is perhaps the most important change brought upon by the club’s new American owners ever since taking over from the much hated duo of Tom Hicks and George Gillett. By bringing in the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Steve Clarke and Damien Comolli to the backroom and managerial staff, FSG have created a solid foundation on which they will need to build on. After many years, Liverpool will be going into a season without any kind of negativity surrounding ownership troubles or unhappy big name players. Kenny Dalglish and Director of Football Damien Comolli have received tremendous support from the boardroom level and all the good work they have put in has been translated onto the players and fans alike, bringing the Anfield romance back. Hence, things are finally looking on the up for the Merseysiders and a long due return to the Top Four is back on the cards again.
Article courtesy of Waleed Ahmed from Our Kop