A few years ago, before the disastrous sale of Liverpool FC to the Gillett-Hicks horror show, then Chairman David Moores was slated by Liverpool fans for being unable to match the investment of figures like Abramovich at Chelsea. Reel forward to summer 2012 and the picture has not changed much, indeed one could argue that money has dried up completely. Potentially important players – Carroll, Adam, Maxi, Kuyt, Bellamy, Aurelio, Aquilani – have left the club, while only three major players have come in (Borini, Allen, Sahin). Assaidi and Yesil may develop into wonderful players for LFC, but to expect them to immediately slip into the boots of players like Kuyt and Bellamy is far fetched. Moroever, while the move for Allen is proving a masterstroke, Borini has some way to go to provide the missing goal threat of last season, especially with the departures of players who have scored key goals for the club at different times in the past like Kyut, Bellamy, Carroll and Maxi. Last but not least, we have lost our midfield lynchpin, Lucas, to yet another injury.
At the same time, Chelsea has bought some wonderful attacking talent in Hazard, Oscar, Marin and Moses – and may still bring in Andre Schurrle. Arsenal have bought Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla, while admittedly losing Van Persie in attack. Man Utd have bought Van Persie and Kagawa. Tottenham lost Modric and van der Vaart but bought Dembele and Sigurdsson (not to mention the possible additions of goalkeeping wizard Lloris and the impressive Joao Moutinho). Man City have an oversized squad but still strengthened in defensive midfield (Garcia and Rodwell in place of de Jong). Newcastle have not done much business, but they can boast a magnificent duo in attack in Ba and Cisse (and a mean defence to boot).
The club has spent around £25 million net over the summer, however this pales in comparison with the quality brought in by our main rivals. So the question is how is Liverpool going to be able to compete for top-4 positions against main rivals who are buying big or were able to clinch key signings for little money last season? Unless our owners have something in the hat for the 11th hour, the signs are worrying. Perhaps FSG are only looking to sell the club come next season?