Liverpool must secure a top-four finish this season

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A year ago, almost to the day, Liverpool drew 1-1 away to West Brom in a result that preceded one of the most remarkable winning runs in Premier League history.

The Reds would go on to win 11 league games on the trot before their title challenge capitulated in the loss to Chelsea and subsequent draw at Selhurst Park.

By comparison, the current campaign has been rather disappointing. Liverpool sit seventh on the log - 15 points behind leaders Chelsea.

However, Liverpool have been in good form recently, and with Daniel Sturridge back, it is vital for the future of the club that they call on the ghosts of last season and put together a run to see them qualify for the Champions League once more.

Lack of big-name signings

Despite their fantastic history, Liverpool have struggled for form in recent years - finishing outside the Champions League spots on four consecutive occasions prior to last season.

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This has undoubtedly played a part in the Reds failing to sign established Champions League stars.

They tried and failed to sign Alexis Sanchez in the summer. Instead, Sanchez went to Arsenal and he has been a revelation for Liverpool's top 4 rivals.

No substitute for experience

Liverpool's lack of big game experience may well have been a contributing factor to them losing last season's Premier League title.

Departing skipper Steven Gerrard is the last remaining survivor in the squad from their astonishing Champions League success in 2005.

Liverpool's history gives them an advantage in the transfer market over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

If they want to bring back their glorious past, they will need to sign winners.

And winners will so much more readily sign for them if they can offer Champions League football, rather than just an enviable history.

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