Prior to their shambolic 3-0 defeat to West Brom on the opening day of last season, Brendan Rodgers, in his first match in charge, warned his players that they would endure painful, scrutinised defeats as he endeavoured to impose his elegant footballing philosophy on his side, which had been proved itself successful at former club Swansea. Now, he and American owners Fenway Sports Group are reaping the rewards for their patience.
They are four monumental matches away from Premier League glory. Through their priceless vibrancy and exuberance, Liverpool have improved substantially. Rodgers, in a visionary manner, has nurtured Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan, moulding the young duo into first-team regulars and Sterling an England international, Brazil-bound this summer.
Liverpool have reached unexpected heights this season through the shrewd acquisitions of Phillipe Coutinho from Inter Milan for a bargain £8.5m and Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea last January. Luis Suarez's agreement to a new lucrative contract has inevitably boosted the club.
Despite all, if Liverpool are to remain at the superior end of the league table and ensure their certain Champions League campaign is as successful as possible, they must invest richly in the summer to improve certain areas of the squad. The Reds look unsure in the centre-half position and the left-back department, with Flanagan susceptible at times, could do with a revamp. The likes of Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, who they have been linked with, would be a substantial upgrade on Kolo Toure and the inconsistent Mamadou Sakho.
Yet, FSG may be hesitant to splurge in the transfer market, given the travails of their notoriously imprudent investments in Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Stoke's Charlie Adam. They have directed their faith into youth this season, with Rodgers almost Arsene Wenger-like in embedding the likes of Flanagan and Sterling comfortably in his starting line-up. Nonetheless, given their sure participation in next season's Champions League, Rodgers is keen to add European pedigree into his squad.
Rodgers is believed to be an admirer of Inter Milan's unsettled defensive midfield talent Mateo Kovacic. A move to Merseyside for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is feasible, with the Ukraine international confirming that he had been in contact with Rodgers.
Konoplyana is a gifted player, twice inflicting the full force of his wonderful ability on English opponents in the shape of the national team and in the Europa League this season against Tottenham, who have expressed an interest in the 24 year-old.
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