So much has changed for Liverpool in the space of 12 months it almost beggars belief. And the work they are doing now, this summer, will ensure they never have to go back to watching title races from afar.
Before the start of last season there was some cautious optimism that Liverpool could challenge for a top four finish - and we all know what happened next. The disappointment over their failed title tilt has started to fade and the realisation that securing Champions League football has afforded them plenty of opportunities is becoming more and more apparent.
Indeed, their return to Europe's top table is no more keenly felt than in the transfer market. There are usually two ways to attract big-name players; either a club has to be bank-rolled by petro-dollars or they have to offer top-level Champions League football. Now Liverpool have the latter it has opened up a world of possibilities.
Back to 12 months ago and Liverpool were missing out on Willian. 12 months before that they were missing out on Gylfi Sigurdsson. That was their reality, despite the size and history of the club. Now they are mixing with a different crowd altogether.
Of course, the riches that top-level European competition - and the increase in domestic television revenue - offers an opportunity to be grasped, but that is no guarantee of success. So that is why it must be a delight for Liverpool fans to see Brendan Rodgers working so diligently.
So far Rickie Lambert and Emre Can are on board - and both are good signings for different reasons. But it is the names they are chasing now that should excite the club's fans.
Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alberto Moreno are all names that have been linked with Liverpool. Add to that list now Lazar Markovic.
The Benfica man is a wonderful player - perhaps his team's stand-out player ahead of Ezequiel Garay, Nicolas Gaitan or Rodrigo. He's a brilliantly direct runner made for counter-attacking football, he has pace and is intelligent with his movement. He shares a lot in common with Angel di Maria. In short, it's easy to see why Liverpool want him because he'd fit in brilliantly.
The Metro claim today that a £20 million bid could be in the offing - using the cash generated by the sale of Luis Suarez. Of course the impending Suarez saga will dominate all things Liverpool but even if he does go, the work of Rodgers and his team show that they aren't just signing players for the here and now.
They are laying the foundations for years of stability - all the players the Liverpool boss wants are young and hungry, so will buy into his philosophy - and fit the mould of what he is looking for. Rodgers is building a high-speed football machine and slowly, part-by-part adding upgrades all over.
Of course people will bring up the cost of Lallana and anyone Liverpool sign but the fact is that they are at the mercy of market forces - it's either get the players they want or miss out and now is a time to seize the moment for Liverpool.
There's no guarantee they can get all or any of the names they are targeting but at the very least the type of players Liverpool want are the right ones. Rodgers, as always, has a vision and he is making it a reality. If he gets his way, there will be more missing out on mediocre players to Spurs any more.
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