After a disappointing couple of years for Liverpool, can the next campaign give them the opportunity to play at the top level of European football once again?
The last time the Merseyside club played in the competition was in 2010, when they were eliminated in the group stage. Since then it has been a long and painful wait for the fans who are longing to see those famous European nights return to Anfield.
Also the fans have not only had to endure the wait for Champions League football but also the pain of finishing below city rivals Everton for the past two Premier League seasons.
The last campaign was Brendan Rogers’ first for the club and although it was seen as a season of transition while the side adapted to a new style of play, the Reds still finished in a disappointing seventh place.
However, January signings Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho impressed since their arrival at the side and showed great promise for the next season.
Much transfer speculation surrounds the ever-controversial Luis Suarez and a lot will depend on whether the Uruguayan stays or goes. The fantastic forward was brilliant for Liverpool last season, yet has been surrounded by controversy ever since his arrival.
The striker has been handed a number of bans since he came to the Premier League in 2011, from racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra to the disgusting biting incident involving Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic from last season, which if he does decide to continue his career with the Reds will carry into the next campaign.
It is a big decision Liverpool face regarding Suarez, but if they do decide to part company with the forward it is important that they invest the money received wisely.
Liverpool have also made their intentions for the upcoming campaign clear by signing two Spaniards: striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo and 20-year-old Luis Alberto from Sevilla.
This is a positive move and will only add more depth to the squad, while the signing of Aspas could hint that Suarez is on his way out as the club currently has four strikers.
The 2013/14 Premier League season is a great chance for Liverpool to show their intentions for the following years; however, it will be difficult to challenge for the top four as there is so much competition for those spaces - with the two north London clubs and even fierce rivals Everton hoping to break into that category.
With an ambitious manager and an impressive young and upcoming squad the Reds have the ability to challenge anyone in the Premier League - but the real challenge is finding that consistency throughout the season to finish in the top four come May.
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