With eleven games left to play this season in the Premier League and we 13 points off fourth place, realistically it is unlikely that we will make the Top 4 especially if we do not get maximum points tonight (Tuesday) against Everton. Will the season be deemed a failure if we do not finish in the Top 4? I think it will be and the club owners, management and players would also think so as at the start of the season, our aim was to finish in the Top 4.
So let us say that we fail to finish in the Top 4, what next?
The Liverpool owners backed Dalglish and Comolli in the summer by going out and buying Enrique, Henderson, Adam and Downing. Bellamy came in for free and he is arguably the best summer signing we made together with Enrique. The rest of them: Henderson, Adam and Downing have been disappointing to say the least.
Many fans were not happy with the amount of money we spent on these three players in the summer. I can not see us offloading any of them this summer as we would be lucky to get half of the amounts we paid for them. We can not have this discussion without also mentioning Andy Carroll whom we spent so many millions for and he has not delivered. Even if we do try to sell him, I can not see who would buy him for even £10million.
How then are we going to fix the problems we are facing right now and be ready to challenge again next season? The simple answer is: Spend more money!
But there are challenges that come with spending more more. Firstly, based on comments made by Comolli, he does not believe that the squad needs major changes this summer, all we need is a little bit of tinkering in his opinion. We can not score goals, that is our biggest problem and to fix that we need to bring in a big name striker and those are not cheap! So I can not see why Comolli thinks we just need to tinker a little bit, we need to do quite a bit of work.
We need more creativity in midfield to supply our strikeforce and based on what we currently have, I feel that Gerrard is the only player decent enough to continue staring in our midfield. We need a creative playmaker to come in, we need some wingers who can run at pace and deliver balls into the box. You can not stick Henderson out on the right and expect much from him.
I then ask myself the question, how are we going to get in quality players if we do not have the attraction of Champions League football? You also have to ask yourself, are Mr. Henry and co prepared to slash out £50million plus this summer again? If they want success, they are going to have to. Right now we are far off from being a side capable of finishing in the Top 4 compared to the squads our competitors have. And we do not want to just be in the Top 4 but to also challenge in the Champions League when we are in there and not be knocked out like Manure.