Liverpool: Back In The Top Four At Last?

By on July 9, 2013

With Liverpool making some serious changes to their squad this summer in preparation for next season, writer Rayyan Dabbous looks at their chances of breaking back in to the top four. 

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In the 2008/2009 season, Liverpool finished as runner ups in the Premier League behind Manchester United. The following year, they dropped 23 points: finishing their campaign in 7th place. Since then, Liverpool haven’t been able to recover from that fall. For 4 consecutive years, Liverpool have been deprived of a top four finish and been without Champions League football.

Not long ago, the top four teams in the Premiership were always Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. The Merseyside club carries a huge history: winning the Premiership 18 times and clinching the European cup five times. These days, of the traditional ‘Top Four’, Liverpool have fallen by the wayside and scrap for Europa League qualification.

However, ahead of the new season Liverpool’s hopes of a top four finish have been revived once again. The players are raring to go: in hopes of achieving their objectives. This time, Liverpool’s chances have increased due to three important factors: a strong team, a keen gaffer and a powerful desire.

Brendan Rodgers new-look squad appears to have some much-needed depth. They have young prodigies like Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge who both proved they have what it takes to play for the Merseyside club following their January moves. They have established stars like Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva, and they are led by long-serving captain Steven Gerrard.

Add on that, Liverpool have been active in the transfer market with the additions of Simon Mignolet and Iago Aspas, as well as the experienced Kolo Toure and raw Luis Alberto. Let’s not forget they still have striker Luiz Suarez who scored 23 league goals last season. Even if the Uruguayan leaves Anfield this summer, Liverpool will still have a huge sum to reinvest in the squad during the remainder of the transfer window.

Brendan Rogers is known to be a clever coach with a lot of ideas. He enjoyed two great seasons with Swansea City in South Wales: propelling them to the top flight and finishing their first season after promotion in 11th place. The 40 year old manager is set to lead Liverpool in his second year in North West England. The arrival of the Northern Irishman has hinted some kind of stability at Liverpool – which has been badly missed at Anfield since the departure of Rafa Benitez.

Since their exile from the top four, Liverpool have never stopped believing they can return back among the league’s elite. Skipper Steven Gerhard has once again called for the fans to back the team and feels a top four finish is achievable next season. He told the Daily Mail:

“If the fans get behind us and show the support that we know they can, I believe we can push into the top four.”

Liverpool are looking to impress next year. Their chances for a top four finish are as high as they’ve been in years, but the key is consistency. The club have the chance to start the new campaign off in positive fashion after being handed a relatively easy opening fixture list. If the new signings can hit the ground running the Merseysiders could find themselves back where they feel they belong; in the mix for Champions League qualification.

Do you think Liverpool have a chance of finishing in the top four this season? Get involved in the comments section below.

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11 Comments

  1. RedSim

    July 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Can’t see us anywhere nearer top 4 next season. With no Suarez or Carragher and with the sort of players we’re bringing in expect moments of promise but lack if consistency. Likely finish: 6 – 9

  2. Danno

    July 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    BOB HOPE OF A CHANCE,where buying B TEAM PLAYERS from la liga B & serie B.Just to get the wage bill down,while selling players of the class of Suarez Reina & Skrtel because there on high wages ;-( And when Suarez does leave,you can bet Rodgers won’t get a penny to invest in the Shambolic B CLASS SQUAD.henry ayre & there lap dog OUT OF ANFIELD ASAP.

  3. jsquarze

    July 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    May its time 4Get about dos 1Nc listed above nd rely on d newly requited wonder kids plus d xperienc of steven g,aga,toure,jhnsonnf lucas 2 Bak dem up………reina nd skirtl has been dir 4 Years afta our fall nd dey ddnt mak eni signficnt contributions,insted,dey wil b d 1 2 Mak us lus points

  4. Tonaks

    July 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    am seeing my team in top 4, wot dey jst need is playin 2geda & focus.

  5. don

    July 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    i think the hope of making it ti top four is there all we need is consistensy and support from the fans just as steve gerrad said

  6. isaac

    July 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    this is schizophrenic way of thinking, tp4? with rogers coaching, i swear that we will finish 8… we managed to topple wbrom just coz we had no fa,carling to play… losers. this squad could defeat any team if it was under capable manager… with rodgers we will loose home and away to… man u, man city, arsenal, chelsea,spurs,wbrom and cardiff.=42 points….. not counting draws with swans,villa,soton and norwich, and at least three defeats to lower 10 clubs= 17… 17+42= 59… and total league point is 114, so 114-59= 55,,, with these points we will be 8…… this is for sure.

  7. sham

    July 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Top 4 .. not really .. EPL team has gone stronger in the last 6 yrs .. money talks now .. Team like ManCity,utd,Chelsea,Spurs is buying proven player , Arsenal got wise player which will shine this yr and they are spending big on proven target,American is all about quick return on investment .. with the actual team ( Suarez inc ) i see them 6th the best.. I’am a Liverpool supporter, the only way to bring back glory is get a sugar daddy .. unless this financial rule all been talking about comes into REAL practice .. even then we won’t generate enough fun to compete with the top 6 mention .. unless we get this stadium

  8. Ody

    July 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    @Isaac, pls quit and support Arsenal or Spurs… True LFC fans keep the faith…

  9. C J 4 LFC

    July 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Hw knws 2morrow? If i may ask yuong players wt hot power nd lfc stil have sombody lyk steven G nd other hw can contribute we re goin 2 mak it. 4 those hw re talkin rubish against BR, do ever coach even smal boys near u? My fellow fans lets suport our team wt all our hearth nd prayers too cos no succesful man wtout temptation.

  10. C J 4 LFC

    July 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Who knws 2morrow? If i may ask yuong players wt hot power nd lfc stil have sombody lyk steven G nd other hw can contribute we re goin 2 mak it. 4 those hw re talkin rubish against BR, do ever coach even smal boys near u? My fellow fans lets suport our team wt all our hearth nd prayers too cos no succesful man wtout temptation.

  11. LD

    July 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    If we get rid of the owners, and get someone in wo is willing to invest 100 Mill minimum, then we may have chance.

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