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Can Liverpool become title contenders

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

After Kenny Dalglish was handed a long-term contract as manager of Liverpool recently, following a successful spell in caretaker charge, discussions began amongst football fans regarding how far he can take the team in the coming years.

Some then suggested they could be title contenders as early as next season. There have been some excellent performances under the Scotsman with new-signing Luiz Suarez showing that life after Fernando Torres can be very positive indeed.

The performances at home to Manchester City and away at Fulham have been a particular highlight and it is the team’s ability to play attractive football and score goals when they are in form that has got people talking.

Steven Gerrard needs to come back into the team too, so you can see why people are predicting good things as the team heads into a new era. The love of Dalglish, the impact of the new-signings, the fact that money will be spent in the summer and the style of football being played have all contributed to people talking up Liverpool.

Are they ready for a title challenge though? Probably not. To go from 6th position and fighting for a Europa League place to competing with Manchester United and Chelsea for the title is quite a big jump.

Perhaps the progression should be less drastic. There is no doubt they are heading in the right direction, but the target for next season should be to bring Champions League football back to Anfield. Then, with that in the bag, they can look towards being the team to beat in England once again.

All of this is positive chat though as far as Liverpool are concerned. Things were looking rather bleak earlier in the campaign and even though the 2010 / 2011 ended with two defeats at the hands of Tottenham and Aston Villa, they can go into the summer months in good spirits.

Dalglish’s movement in the transfer market will of course be crucial to what next season can bring. The men wearing a Liverpool Kit next year will be charged with taking the team forward positively, so it is crucial the former Blackburn boss brings in some quality.

Some more players in the Suarez mould would suit just fine. Then, if he can have Andy Carroll fit for the start of the season that will feel like a new signing too. As will the return of Gerrard.

Beyond that, a handful of new personnel are needed if Liverpool are to be one of the top four teams in the country again. Who knows, if a couple of world-class players are added too, the spirit of Dalglish and the feel good factor could even take them beyond that eventually.

One step at a time though.

1 comments:

  1. Free bets said...

    King Kenny is doing a fantastic job at Liverpool

    January 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM  

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