Liverpool have waited too long to return to the top

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It has been 25 years since Liverpool lifted the old Division One championship. The captain of the Liverpool team in 1990 was Alan Hansen and the leagues top scorer was John Barnes with 22 goals.

It took Manchester United 26 years to return to the summit of English football in 1993, it will be 26 years for Liverpool at the end of this season and the fans could not bear the thought that they would have to wait longer than Manchester United's fans had.

Brendan Rodgers knows this. His job is on the line to deliver the 19th title to Anfield. It has been too long, far too long for Liverpool to endure such pain. It is even harder to take that in these barren years, Liverpool had to watch their oldest rival came the to fore and become ‘the biggest club in the world.'


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When Liverpool won their 18th league title in 1990, Manchester United had only won seven league titles. Then Alex Ferguson came and he re-wrote history by winning 13 league titles and surpassed Liverpool's record.

So what has happened to Liverpool? The answer could be down to two things: regeneration and money. The last team that won the league for them was ageing fast and the academy’s production line was not giving any talents that could keep up with the new dawn of the Premier League.

Although Liverpool had promising young players that emerged in the 90s such as Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Jamie Redknapp, Steve McManaman and Steven Gerrard, they could not reached the heights from the previous era.

Money wise Liverpool’s stadium could not compete with others in the Premier League. Its capacity is only 45,522. It is behind Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle and even Sunderland.

The regeneration of Anfield that is ongoing, and should be finished by 2016-2017 season, could not come soon enough. By then the stadium should have its capacity to the region of 58,000.

Since 1990 they have been runners-up four times. The most recent one was in 2014 when they were so close to the title but got pipped by Manchester City. Liverpool did restore some glory during these times, they have won three FA cups, four League cups, one UEFA cup and one memorable Champions League victory in 2005.

In his three seasons Brendan Rodgers has spent a total of £275m in transfers. This number needs to be justified by the end of the season because after a big spend last summer, Liverpool could not even get to top four and that means no Champions League this season.

The inconsistency over the years made Liverpool less attractive for top players. Almost every season Liverpool had to sell their star player because they want to move on to bigger clubs. The selling of these players is essential also for Liverpool to fund their transfer budget.

This summer Raheem Sterling went to Manchester City, last season was Luis Suarez to Barcelona and before you have names like Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso. This situation made it hard for the manager to have a settled team for two seasons in a row.

The manager needs to rebuild the team every year with six to seven signings. All these signings however good they are would need playing time together before they could gel. In the harsh reality of Premier League, time is the essence.

It is hard to imagine that Liverpool could challenge for the title this season. Should Brendan Rodgers failed, most Kopites would demand for him to get sacked. They need a new figure at the helm. One that would carry the spirit of Bill Shankly, and the continuation of Bob Paisley to restore their former glories.

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