Liverpool have been out of the Premier League's top four since 2009, but after a positive win over Stoke on the opening day, can they finally bring Champions League football back to Anfield.
This summer manager Brendan Rodgers has spent £22.8 million but has quickly balanced the books out by making £28.5 million meaning the reds now have a net spend of minus £4.7 million.
The signings the Northern-Irishman has brought in have had an instant impact and pleased many fans with their pre-season performances. However, many of the Liverpool fans still believe that the Merseyside based club could still do with a few more signings to push for a top four finish.
Recently, Liverpool have been linked with Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian attacking-midfielder Willian Borges da Silva and could be close to agreeing a fee for around £30 million. The Reds have also agreed a deal in principle for French left-back Aly Cissokho.
However, with it reported that their American owners are willing to give the gaffer money for a marquee signing as well as his original transfer fund its obvious that the club believe that they really do need to spend to get back amongst Europe’s elite.
Where do Liverpool need to improve?
This summer Liverpool fans have seen Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas come in and strengthen their attacking options. They have also seen Simon Mignolet come in to replace Pepe Reina and Kolo Toure for the defensive options. As I stated they are also set to complete the signing of Cissokho on loan to provide cover for Jose Enrique. But if the owners are ready to get their chequebook out then what positions do they need to add their depth in?
With having Agger and Toure as the main two centre backs many would think Liverpool have got two of the best in the league. However, as people have said many of times over the last few seasons, they lack the depth in quality.
One person the Reds have constantly been linked with is the big Greek centre half Kyriakos Papadopoulos. The massive, bullish beast has a domineering presence at the back and is rather good at taking the ball down and playing out of defence. Due to this, the defender would easily slot into Rodgers set up and at the age of 21 has a massive future ahead of him.
It’s not hard to see that Liverpool lack that bit of strength in the middle of midfield. They have Joe Allen who can come in and slot into that defensive-midfield role and the further forward role in which skipper Steven Gerrard plays in. Another player they have is Jordan Henderson who can only really fill the role Stevie G plays in.
Due to these sorts of players moving it seems increasingly unlikely that there is anyone out there that can fill this space and add the depth that may eventually cause them problems later in the season. However, again Papadopoulos is a player who can step up into defensive midfield and there is definitely no question of his strength.
There is no question that with the current players gelling the way they are, the ‘tiki taka’ system that Brendan Rodgers deploys every weekend and the money available, Liverpool are currently at a position that allows them to compete for a top four finish.
However, if they really wanted to make sure they were not only worthy for top four but already at a Champions League quality they will need to bring in one or two more players in. These players will need to all be of a high quality and by signing Willian and someone like Papadopoulos they would definitely make a statement to the English teams that they are a force to be reckoned with.
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