Liverpool,barring any qualification round slip-up, finally madea return to Europe’s premier club tournament for the second time in eight years. Such stats do not befit a club who has won it five times.
Only Real Madrid and AC Milan have more European titles.
Rafa Benitez’s exit and the subsequent clearing out of XabiAlonso,Javier Macherano and Fernando Torres haveleft the once towering giant of a club in the dust of their rivals’ victory screeches. Between changing of coaches and buying of new players The Koppites have seen their efforts fall by the wayside time and again even when they made a legitimate run at the EPL title during the 2013/14 season. That dream of course died thanks in no part to Steven Gerard’s now infamous slip against Chelsea.
Former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp’s first full season has however bundled them back to base camp of the UCL as they look to get their priorities right and ensure this current one step forward won’t be met with a Brendan Rodgers-like two steps backward.
The team at the German’s disposal is obviously one in need of quality additions and that’s where the Merseyside club will do well to avoid making familiar mistakes in this upcoming transfer window.
Given their involvement in next season’s Champions League, the issue of players being reluctant to join them as a result of lack of European involvement has been laid to rest.This leaves them with the upper hand to choose the right players for the right amount to add actual contribution to the team.
The last time the FSG-owned club had the chance to sign reasonably saw them blew away the money made from the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a move that saw them sign Rickie Lambert, Lazor Markovic, Sebastian Caotes, and Andy Caroll amongst other ridiculous deals.
They must get it right this time.