When Liverpool sold star man Luis Suarez to Barcelona, naturally parallels to Tottenham selling Gareth Bale and failing to compete at the top of the table arose.
But thankfully for Liverpool fans, Brendan Rodgers quite certainly isn’t the tag team of Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, while Daniel Sturridge quite certainly isn’t Emmanuel Adebayor.
Last season, the Reds finished second in the league, taking the title to the last day. Tottenham didn’t qualify for the Champions League in Bale’s super season. Suarez played a huge helping hand in that fight, but a resurgent campaign from skipper Steven Gerrard was nearly as important when you take into consideration his leadership and what he means to the club.
Spurs didn't have a leader like Gerrard, and that’ll be huge for Liverpool this season. Gerrard has been through this before. He’s lost world-class teammates but the team has survived, bar when Roy Hodgson made Liverpool play like a mid-table team.
Transitioning from a dark time with as many defensive banks of four that you desperately wanted to forget, we go to current bright, shiny times with Rodgers. He has helped turn Liverpool into the most exciting side in the league, attacking with such pace, poise and class.
He’s instilled his high pressing and quick transition philosophy in the club and that paid dividends last year, sooner than most expected. Other than Iago Aspas, brilliant corners and all, he’s shown he can buy the right players.
He saw the class in Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge and got cut-rate deals on quality first-team players with potential to grow. And they have grown.
Speaking of Sturridge, he finished second in the league in goals scored while playing second fiddle to Suarez. One way to replace the league’s top scorer is to acquire the league’s second top scorer. Oh yeah, they already own him. This term could see Sturridge dance his way to the Golden Boot so long that he can remain healthy.
Sturridge will have help, too. New man Adam Lallana will help score and create goals as he did last year for Southampton. Another attacking player has already come through the doors at Melwood in the shape of Lazar Markovic.
Also, a full season of Raheem Sterling will be important while he looks to improve on his nine goals and five assists in 2013/14. Plus, Rodgers isn’t done in the market yet.