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 wont 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.