Nobody, not even the craziest Liverpool fans, would have thought that going into the last game of the season, that their team would have been in with a chance of lifting the title. But that’s what happened, narrowly missing out on their 19th league title as Brendan Rogers lead his Liverpool side into second place, and back into the UEFA Champions League this year. Was it a one off, or can Liverpool go one better this time round?
Key Player: Without a doubt, Daniel Sturridge! The striker bagged 24 goals last season and Formed a key partnership with Luis Suarez as Liverpool scored 101 goals in the league. However, Suarez has gone to Barcelona, taking his goal, assists, wonderful buildup play and his ‘bad habits’ with him. Liverpool will be looking to Sturridge to hit even more goals this season, whilst others such as Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana and Markovic will all need to chip in too to make up for Suarez’s loss.
Ricky Lambert – £4m (Southampton)
Adam Lallana – £25m (Southampton)
Dejan Lovren – £20m (Southampton)
Lazar Markovic – £20 (Benfica)
Emre Can – £8m (Bayer Leverkusen)
Divock Origi – £10m (Lille)
Javier Manquillo – Loan (Atletico Madrid)
Luis Suarez – £75m (FC Barcelona)
Luis Alberto – Loan (Malaga)
Iago Aspas – Loan (Sevilla)
Pepe Reina – £2m (Bayern Munich)
Andre Wisdom – Loan (West Brom)
Divock Origi – Loan (Lille)
Last season’s Premier League finish: 2nd
Predicted League Finish: 5th
The Liverpool story of 2013/14 season was incredible. Nobody believed they had a chance, and like a horse in the city’s famous Grand National, the rank outsider came up the outside to snatch victory, only to stumble at the last hurdle to finish in a noble second place. This season will not be the same. The Anfield Faithful expect once again, whilst their finest player by a long distance has departed the club. Add into the equation the added stresses and travelling that the Champions League participation will bring, as well as bedding in at least 6 new players, Liverpool’s stay in the top 4, could be a short lived one.