We're past halfway through the 2014-15 Premier League season, and Liverpool are in a rather disappointing position.
Last year's runners-up to the title, the Reds have faced a difficult start to this campaign, with losses and draws plaguing their results sheets. 2015 started off on a poor note as well, with a 2-2 draw with Leicester City placing Liverpool in a dismal eighth place in the Barclays Premier League, level with Swansea City.
However, despite all of the negatives that exist surrounding the club, the Reds have recently shown form that suggests they may be able to push on and climb the table to a position of some European value.
In the summer window Brendan Rodgers, as any manager who had just finished second in the league would do, brought in a wide array of threatening options to his squad.
While critics have been quick to negatively describe the performances of the insufficient Luis Suarez replacement that Rodgers found in Mario Balotelli, the performances of every one of his other summer signings are to be applauded.
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The recent form of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Alberto Moreno has provided great strength in the side that wasn't available to Rodgers in last year's campaign, while the young talent of Lazar Markovic, Emre Can, and other players that are out on loan promises a strong near future.
If there's one player in all of the Liverpool squad that symbolises why exactly the signings of the summer can push on to lead the Reds to a Euro League spot this season, it's Jordan Henderson.
Brought in by Dalglish, the young midfielder's disappointingly slow start to his Liverpool career saw many Kop faithfuls calling for him to leave the club. But just a few seasons later, Henderson is leading the club as Vice-Captain, and playing a wide array of positions for the Merseyside club.
Using Henderson as an example, we see why exactly these players need time, and the summer signings from 2014 seem to have finally hit their stride.
In particular, Lallana's recent performances against Arsenal and Swansea have shown incredible promise. Not to mention the fact that key striker Daniel Sturridge is set to make a return from his third injury that has prevented him from making his mark on the 2014-15 season this January.
Thus, Liverpool need not to overspend, but to bring in more young depth to truly build a strong future, so that dealing with injuries like that of Sturridge will be less of a challenge for Rodgers in the future.
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