Liverpool, the most successful club in England in terms of European trophies had a difficult season in the last edition of English Premier League.
They only managed to score 52 goals in league which was very poor compared to the previous edition where Uruguayan wizard Luis Suarez and English talisman Daniel Sturridge scored for fun and had scored a total of 52 goals between them only. They scored a total of whooping 101 goals in 2013-14 EPL season. Even defender Martin Skrtel scored 7 goals.
But they could not clinch up the title despite giving a tight chase to Manchester City. Fans were very optimistic at the beginning of last season but their key player Luis Suarez moved to Barcelona. The club could not replace Suarez. Most of the signings from last season failed to impress.
Daniel Sturridge had injury stricken season and could not feature in most games for the Reds. Other strikers performed very poorly as Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli scored only 4 goals combined in league.
Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard scored 9 goals for them which was the highest number of goals by an individual for them. He has also left his boyhood club to join Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.
Young star Raheem Sterling has repeatedly shown his desire to leave the Merseyside club and could be on his way to the blue half of Manchester according to speculations.
The Liverpool fans were very unhappy with the owners FSG and manager Brendan Rodgers for their failure to act well in the transfer market and signing average players and not replacing Suarez with at least a 20 goal striker.
But the owners showed faith in the Northern Irish manager and did not fire him. They have shown intention, early in this summer to make a squad capable of winning things.
The first signing of the summer was James Milner on free transfer from Manchester City. The 29 year old English International opted for a switch to Liverpool despite having a higher wage offer from the Citizens. The versatile midfielder gave the fans a reason to smile after securing transfer to the Merseyside club.
The second signing was Danny Ings. The 22 year old England striker arrived on a free transfer from Burnley. Although he is not supposed to be a regular first team member for the team, he can be a good back up for the Reds.
The third signing was Adam Bogdan. The 27 year old Hungarian International goalkeeper also arrived for free from Bolton Wanderers. The former second goalkeeper for the Reds, Brad Jones left the club after his contract expiry and Bogdan is all set to replace the Australian and will be a decent upgrade over the Aussie.
The fourth signing for the club was young defender Joe Gomez as he arrived for £3.5 million from Charlton Athletic. The 18 years old defender can play both as a centre back and a right back. He is not likely to feature for the first team immediately but the impressive young defender is highly rated and can be a part of the club’s future. A regular for English youth set up may spend the next season on loan at other clubs to get first team experience.
The fifth signing was a huge one and is the main reason for the fans to start believing again in the management. Liverpool have agreed to bring Roberto Firmino for 1899 Hoffenheim for £29 million. The Brazilian attacking midfielder did very well for the German club for the last couple of seasons and was a subject of interest from many top European clubs who will take part in UEFA Champions League 2015-16. The club mostly linked with him was bitter rivals Manchester United and Firmino became a Kop hero before even arriving at Melwood for snubbing the Red Devils and choosing to play for the Reds.
Nathaniel Clyne is also on the verge of signing for Liverpool for £12.5 million. He was also an Manchester United target.
Many big names like Mateo Kovacic, Carlos Bacca are also linked with a potential move to Merseyside.
Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre, who did not have a good reputation among the fans is currently hailed by them.
Liverpool still needs much improvement in the squad and the fans are hopeful that the management have finally learnt lessons from previous transfer failures and are ready to spend bid and pay big wages.
With few more good signing and some departures they can certainly become a force again. With the intentions shown by the management, The fans have every right to become optimistic again for the next season. Even if they are not able to do well, they are good in saying, “Next season is our season.”
Let’s see how Liverpool does in the rest of the transfer window and resurrect their place in English football. But the early indications from the club has made the fans happy and optimistic for the season again.