As Liverpool enter their second consecutive season without Champions League football, there remains a fresh sense of optimism on Merseyside that seems to have carried over from where they left off at the end of last season. The return of King Kenny at Anfield triggered such optimism, and the signings of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll not only softened the blow of losing Fernando Torres to Chelsea, but signalled an intent to try and get Liverpool back in to the Premier League’s top four. Liverpool finished the season in sixth place, and after a start to the campaign that saw Roy Hodgson out of a job, many Liverpool fans will have been content with this kind of finish.
This summer transfer window has seen a number of changes at Liverpool with Dalglish’s priority of strengthening his midfield evident from the outset. The likes of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, and Stewart Downing had all completed their moves to Liverpool by mid-July, and despite a relatively poor pre-season, these players appear to have adjusted well in their new surroundings. Liverpool have taken 7 points from their opening three league games, but their performances away at Arsenal and at home to Bolton have already provided reason to believe that this current crop of players are a force to be reckoned with.
Both Henderson and Adam opened their goal scoring accounts against Bolton on the weekend, and Luis Suarez has continued to impress the Liverpool faithful after showing glimpses of his ability on the back end of last season. The only concerns that some fans may have will lie in the impact that Andy Carroll is yet to make at Anfield, though Dalglish has suggested that the club may have rushed his recovery from injury last season, and the £35m striker has been tipped by the Scotsman to prove his worth over this campaign.
Dalgish has the depth and strength of a squad certainly capable of a top four finish, and if anything, will be hoping to offload some of his fringe players before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm on Wednesday. Having brought in two forwards, three midfielders, a full-back, and a goalkeeper since taking over in January, the Liverpool boss is expected to end his spree with the signing of Uruguayan centre-back Sebastien Coates in the next 24 hours. While most Liverpool fans would be satisfied with a top-four finish come May, there are undoubtedly some who are already dreaming of being crowned champions of England for the first time since 1990 – and if these first three games of the season are an indication of what is to come at Anfield, one can hardly blame them.
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