Liverpool: A fading force in the English game?
Liverpool opinion: Brendan Rodgers' side can no longer compete with the top teams in England
Daniel Sturridge regards Liverpool as "the biggest club in England" despite it having been 23 years since Liverpool last won the English league title.
Nottingham Forest won the European Cup twice in 1979 and 1980, that doesn’t make them a bigger club than Chelsea who won it last year. This is not to say that a club’s history and it’s tradition isn’t important, but a club can’t hide its recent failures in its history and still claim to be the biggest club in England.
I think it's highly unlikely that Liverpool will play Champions league football in the foreseeable future. They have been subject to the vicious cycle of missing out on Champions League football which Tottenham have so skilfully avoided.
When missing out on a place in the top four a club fails to attract players capable of playing Champions League football making it even harder for the club to qualify the following year.
Liverpool in recent years have been guilty of overspending on distinctly average players: Jordan Henderson- £20m, Andy Carroll - £35m, Stuart Downing- £20m, Charlie Adam - £7m, the list goes on. That’s £82 million that could have been better spent. Although Liverpool have managed their spending a lot more effectively with the signings of Coutinho and Sturridge. However the legacy of Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish has left too much for Brendan Rogers with his attractive and suave brand of football to do if they are to challenge for a top four spot.
It is true that Liverpool have been unlucky in recent years, in the 2011/2012 season they hit the bar more than any other side in the league, but such an excuse cannot account for finishing eighth, sixth and seventh in their last three Premier League seasons. Tottenham, who narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification last year have a depth to their squad that Liverpool could only dream. If Bale isn’t performing, the likes Dembele, Defoe, Holtby, Vertonghen and Huddlestone can rise to the challenge. Liverpool on the other hand are solely dependent on Suarez and Gerrard being in world class form.
Liverpool more so than any other club in the league have been affected by the rise of Manchester City through the premier league ranks. In Fenway sports group, Liverpool do have owners who are willing to put their money where their mouth is, but the damage has already been done. Anfield no longer attracts Europe’s most talented players despite its rich history, and although Gerrard will be at Liverpool till the end of his career, a player of Suarez’s caliber will undoubtedly succumb to the bright lights of Champions League football in the near future.
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