Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool squad have given the fans and all those associated with the club something to finally shout about after securing 2nd place in the Premier League.
The Reds have finished in the top four for the first time since 2009 and were just pipped for the title by a margin of two points at the hands of Manchester City.
However many fans will be delighted with the efforts as Champions League qualification has been secured for next year. One worry would be; is the squad strong enough to compete on both fronts? In my opinion, it isn't and I feel they will need reinforcements to be able to cope with playing both domestic and European football.
Brendan Rodgers has said recently, when being questioned on their transfer market endeavours, that the "criteria we look for is players with strong technique and football intelligence".
He added: "They need to mentally have the attitude and the capacity to learn and they have to be so hungry to fight for every ball on every day in training and in the game".
It seems that he has found players that meet such requirements only days after the end of the season, with it being reported in the Daily Mirror that they are planning a monumental dip into the transfer market with a £40m double-swoop for Southampton's Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.
But the Northern Irish man won't stop here as he also wants a top class forward and a left-back to further strengthen his options and it is no secret that he is a keen admirer of Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri with him being so versatile. It would appear that he could get the Swiss international on a cut-price deal with him struggling to get playing time at the Allianz Arena.
It has been said that the left-back top of the transfer list is Ryan Bertrand who is currently on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea.This may pose a problem because one may assume Chelsea would be quite reluctant to sell to a, now, direct rival but they could be tempted into making a deal if a substantial offer is made.
This would more than likely be all that they could bring in with the proposed £60m or so transfer budget. But there is a possibility it could be stretched if Rodgers was to offload those fringe players who are surplus to requirements, giving him the option to expand his summer spending maybe to get a central midfielder as cover for Gerrard and co.
I believe that they can go and challenge next season if Rodgers brings the right players in during the transfer window with one thing being for sure, it will be interesting either way.
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