Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he believes the club is back in the big time after attracting some of Europe's top talents over the summer months.
There was a dark period at Anfield between 2010 and 2014, in which the Reds captured just one trophy in the form of the League Cup and failed to qualify for the Champions League under Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalgleish.
2012 saw new boss Rodgers take helm on Merseyside, and in his second season in charge he flipped the club on its head as Liverpool finished runners up in the Premier League and secured Champions League football.
The added boost
That seems to have given the Reds an extra boost in signing new players. Liverpool acquired some of Europe's top players such as the highly touted youngsters Lazar Markovic and Emre Can and the Reds have also managed to push through a deal for left-back Alberto Moreno. With those signings, Rodgers believes that Liverpool are back to the top of football.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “That ability to attract top players is great. It’s a huge indication of the progress of the club – a really good symbol of where club is at. We have made huge strides in the last couple of years.
“If you’re a football player in Europe watching how we played last season and saw our supporters, your reaction would be that you’d want to play in that environment.
“It’s the most competitive league in the world and this is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“It’s a team that plays exciting football. I’m happy with the players we have got in, and we’ll be set up for an exciting season.”
All about Rodgers
Liverpool have certainly not been shy in the transfer window, with Moreno being their eighth purchase as the clubs spending tops £100 million and it may not stop there as Rodgers still searches for another striker.
Signings such as Can and Markovic highlight that it may not be Champions League football that attracted them to move to Anfield, but the vision of the forceful spearhead at the club who is leading Liverpool in the right direction; their Northern Irish manager.
Rodgers has come into Liverpool and has a clear set-up to push the youth at Anfield. The development of Raheem Sterling has been inspirational for the club, as he is now one of the club's most prolific attackers. The signings of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have also been incredible, as Rodgers has turned players who were over-looked at their former sides into two of the most feared men in the league when going forward.
Not there just yet
However Rodgers is wrong to say Liverpool are back to the big time. First of all, the Reds have to prove they can live without Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona this summer.
Furthermore, Liverpool have been attracted to several top European players this summer. Yes, Markovic and Can were highly touted but I'm talking about people such as Alexis Sanchez and Radamel Falcao - the sort of stars who would waltz into any side.
To highlight they are back in the big time, Liverpool must secure a top striker's signature by the end of the transfer window. They have been heavily linked to PSG's Edinson Cavani and Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus. If Rodgers pens a deal with either if those, you could argue Liverpool have regained there status amongst England's elite.
However, they still have to prove themselves again this season as it looks like all of their rivals look even stronger than last campaign.