For the second season in a row, Liverpool's spending has been very high with the luxury of one of their star players departing for an extortionate amount of money at the end of each of the last two seasons, meaning that in net terms, they've bought well - but have they actually done the right business this season?
Last season saw Liverpool have an average campaign after such high expectations from their second place finish the season before last. And it was clear that they needed to make additions in certain departments, especially after losing their captain and legend Steven Gerrard.
To add to this, the controversial departure of young Raheem Sterling for a huge fee meant that Liverpool were lacking in midfield and in attack. And after a very below par season from Glen Johnson, Liverpool needed a decent full back to give them another outlet going forward, as well as to solidify the back three, four or five, whichever Rodgers fancies each game.
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Liverpool's purchases from last summer had really failed to live up to expectations which is baffling because they had over £75 million to play with after Luis Suarez departure for Barcelona. The bargain capture of bad boy Mario Balotelli proved to amount to nothing but trouble.
The hope behind Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert was far too much for the player to handle, rarely starting and scoring hardly any goals. Adam Lallana spent a lot of the season injured, which was disappointing for fans as a player of such high prospects. Young Lazar Markovic from Benfica has been a bit of a miss really at £20 million and is yet to prove himself in the big league.
Dejan Lovren came from being protected by Schneiderlin and Wanyama at Saints and now he has truly been found wanting, and certainly has not justified his transfer fee. Emre Can, I believe will be a good player for Liverpool: he looked shaky when he first signed but he is versatile and if he can make one position his own and keep it, namely in midfield, he will do well.
Alberto Moreno is an adventurous young full-back and I believe he had a good season, despite some memorable errors. And Divock Origi cannot really be commented on: he had a mediocre season for Lille and now it’s time to see if he can live up to the form that handed him game time at the World Cup.
This season, they had a little less money to play with, but hopefully Brendan Rogers had learnt from last season’s mistakes when operating in the transfer market. Young Joe Gomez from Charlton looks to be a decent bargain, with some strong performances in Liverpool's opening two clean sheets. And the capture of Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton for £12m looks to be a bargain for the England international, and another example of Brendan Rogers delving into Southampton’s talented ranks.
In midfield, he got James Milner on a free, and despite what people think, I believe this to be a very good signing in that you know what you're going to get from him. He works his socks off and gets up and down the pitch. He may not be the classiest of players, but he is solid and he'll be a useful addition in midfield after the loss of Gerrard. I still think they needed to bring in a proper ball-playing holding midfielder - someone who can dictate the game like Gerrard did.
In attack, they've spend a large wedge of their transfer fund. And they've brought in three decent young players in Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, who was in fact a free agent after a good spell with Burnley last year. I personally think that the signing of Christian Benteke is a steal. He's young, he's hungry and he's extremely talented, and for a striker for the number three seeded team in world football to be playing for Aston Villa was something of a fallacy, and Benteke has already netted his first goal as a red, the first of many I believe.
Roberto Firmino was a relatively unknown entity before signing for Liverpool, but he's young and Brazilian so I have very little doubt that he will come good. And Danny Ings will spend a lot of the season as back up to Benteke, providing he doesn't get injured.
Liverpool are a good side and they play good football, and where they are now is where I believe they should be, but I don't think they've bought the right talent to be considered a top four side. However they have still earnt the right to play in Europe, albeit in the Europa League, and I predict a similar league finish this season for the Reds.
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