Returning striker Divock Origi has claimed that the Anfield club should aim to win the Premier League this coming season. Liverpool signed the Belgian forward after an impressive World Cup last summer where he led the line ahead of Romelu Lukaku, but he struggled in Ligue 1 last term, scoring just eight goals in 33 games.
However, despite a quiet season Origi’s confidence has not been shaken. The striker said: “I think Liverpool is a wonderful club that deserves to be at the top and to be honest, with the players they have, with the quality they have, then they should be finishing at the top of the league,”
But is he right? Can Liverpool actually finish at the top of the league?
You would have to say it would be extremely difficult for the Merseysiders to go from seventh to champions in the space of one season – a lot has to go right for that to happen.
Such a dramatic rise is unlikely, but if Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ transfer business is anything to go by he is going to have a real crack at the top of the Premier League (or he is well aware that their is a sizeable gap to close).
Liverpool have added a lot of good new talent to their squad in the shape of Danny Ings Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Adam Bogdan and Christian Benteke, and it looks as though the Northern Irishman has signed players who will strengthen the Reds in areas they were particularly weak in before.
As they were short in the striking role last season, the signings of Firmino, Ings and Benteke will address a lack of firepower. They also needed a new right back, and Clyne is that man, while the departure of Steven Gerrard needed to be addressed, and the signing of Milner from Man City looks to have done that.
Rodgers has strengthened problem areas for Liverpool which will make a huge difference to the team’s overall performance, providing his new signings come in and do the business.
Of course the loss of Raheem Sterling to City is a blow, but in Firmino there is a ready made replacement for the England man in place. The Brazilian is a bigger goal threat than Sterling, too.
But the importance of the signings of Benteke and Ings cannot be understated. Liverpool lost over 50 goals from Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge last term – they were prolific in 2013/14 – and the lack of goalscoring power ultimately cost the Reds dear as they slipped from second to seventh in 12 months. A solid striker like Benteke will improve Liverpool no end and finally give Rodgers a forward of real presence and one his creative players can play off – something that has been lacking since Suarez left.
Whilst Origi’s target of winning the league sounds good, at the moment, considering where the Reds are, it is very unlikely. But pushing towards the Champions League places and finishing in the top four has to be a target.
Considering the business Rodgers has conducted that will be the minimum target set by the Liverpool board for next season. As Rodgers re-shapes his new team it could well take time, and they may well make a slow start due to so many new faces being on board. But gradually after a potentially slow start the Reds should gel into a new, more balanced team and could have enough to finish in the top four in the Premier League.