This season was always going to be one of transition for Liverpool.
With new manager Brendan Rodgers coming in and trying to implement his footballing philosophy on the team.
The Irishman has signed Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho this season, these four main signings have all had spells in the starting XI for Liverpool and January signings Sturridge and Coutinho especially have made a big impact, but are they good enough to secure Liverpool Champions League football now?
It's unlikely that Liverpool can snatch fourth spot this season, even if the Anfield club win each of their remaining games they will face tough opposition from Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal who all sit above them in the table. Despite this, a sixth place finish would be an improvement on last years eighth.
The chances of Liverpool coming in the top four next season are much greater, especially if instead of selling Luis Suarez Liverpool can keep hold of the Uruguayan and add more quality players to the squad.
Liverpool have shown glimpses of brilliance this season and Rodgers' tiki taka style of play has made pleasant viewing, however Liverpool's problem is a distinct lack of consistency.
Only when they beat Tottenham on Sunday did Liverpool record three consecutive league win's under new manager Brendan Rodgers, this has to change.
If Liverpool can finish this season showing consistency, add to their squad in the summer and keep Luis Suarez there is no reason why they can't finish in the top four next season.
Xabi Alonso has been highly linked with a return to Anfield after his contract talks with Real Madrid have stalled, the Spaniard also claimed he is still a big Liverpool fan and regardless of his veteran status, Alonso oozes quality on the pitch. His passing ability would fit the Rodgers system and perhaps the return of a man who helped Liverpool win the Champions League in Istanbul would provide the perfect piece of nostalgia for this great club to be inspired by, so they can hit the heights they are used to once again.
The future, like the past certainly looks bright for the Merseyside team and under the guidance of Rodgers, they are in the hands of one of the countries best young managers. Not to mention Suarez, undoubtedly one of the world's best players. Liverpool are building a young side capable of big things in the time to come, fans may rest assured that glory once more isn't too far away.
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