With the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City confirmed, Liverpool are now in an extremely dangerous position going into the new season. What does this sale tell the fans? More so, when compared to the signings other Premier League rivals have made thus far in the transfer window, Liverpool's signings fall short of the required quality necessary to break back into the top four.
Sterling is one of the top young talent's in world football. Now that he has signed for Manchester City, there is a large and distinct void of quality in the Liverpool squad.
Manager Brendan Rodgers will be extremely worried about beginning the new season. For Manchester City it seems that they have pulled off one of the biggest transfers of the season and that the quality in their squad will now raise to another level.
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Liverpool's signings this summer when compared to their main rivals prove how the club are falling evermore further from the top of the pile. Liverpool are unable to attract the necessary quality to help get them back into Europe.
Certainly as many fans will argue they made an excellent signing with Manchester City's James Milner moving to Anfield but is the England international really enough to help fire Liverpool into the top four and further more Premier League title contenders in a few years time?
Liverpool need more first-class signings
With Liverpool's other signings Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton and the Brazilian Roberto Firmino it seems Brendan Rodgers has acquired talent, but certainly not enough.
It is still early in the transfer window, but already it seems that Liverpool are not attractive enough for the top players of European and world football. This would partly be down to their finish outside of the top four in 2014/15 which means they will not be playing Champions League football this season.
When compared to the signings that Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have made it shows the void in quality with the Liverpool signings.
Already Manchester United have signed the World Cup and Bundesliga talisman Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. These are two top quality midfielders who will guarantee United a top-four place next season and maybe even contend for the title.
Arsenal have sured up their already sound defence by signing one of the all time best goalkeepers in Premier League history, Petr Cech. City's signing of Sterling will add an enormous amount of quality to an already excellent midfield and with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure they will be very difficult to stop next season.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, the departures from the club this summer have arguably already put pressure on their squad. Steven Gerrard has left for LA Galaxy and Raheem Sterling, who many Liverpool fans will have placed their hopes and dreams upon, is now gone.
When looking at Liverpool's squad it is worrying times and certainly the fans will demand high profile and top quality players before the start of the new season.
If Rodgers is unable to fill the voids left by Gerrard and Sterling it could be a long, hard season for the Liverpool fans and they could fall away from the top four clubs even more.