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CL bid may hamper Liverpool’s title hopes

By | 4th June 2014
steven gerrard

Last season Liverpool took advantage of having no distractions other than their Premier League campaign to finish second behind champions Manchester City in the table.

The Merseyside outfit went on a run of 16 games unbeaten at the start of 2014, while other clubs had to split their concentration on their domestic campaign and the Champions League. The best example of this was Chelsea who reached the semi-final of the European competition and had to juggle a two-legged affair with Atletico Madrid along with some crucial games in the league.

Although they were eventually edged out by Betfair favourites Manchester City for the title, Liverpool proved they were back amongst the elite clubs in England. Their earned a lot of credit for the style of football which they adopted with a young side that was full of energy and prowess.

Now that the Reds are back in Europe’s premier tournament, they can expect to be playing twice a week at certain points in the season. Trips away on a Tuesday and Wednesday will be added into their schedule and the job of manager Brendan Rodgers is to make sure his squad can handle it.

Liverpool were fortunate not to suffer any key injuries to their team last year. However, Rodgers will be keen to add to what he has available at Anfield to provide him some support in case he does not have the same luxury in the next campaign.

As long as the Reds do bring in 3-4 quality players in the summer, they should have what it takes to challenge once again in the Premier League and maybe even have a good run in the Champions League. They have been linked with England international Adam Lallana who had an excellent season with Southampton in 2013/14. There have also been reports that the club are interested in signing Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona which would prove to be a massive addition if they can pull it off.

Rodgers has already added to his squad with Rickie Lambert for around £4 million. He will provide cover for Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and also give the Reds a different option in the final third of the pitch.

Lambert’s reward for a solid season with Southampton is a place at the World Cup where he is one of four strikers Roy Hodgson chose to include in his 23-man squad.

Suarez now appears settled once again at Anfield, and bar a huge bid from Real Madrid in the summer, he looks certain to still be at the club after the transfer window closes.

The Northern Irishman did not make many changes to his starting XI in the second half of the last season but he will need to do so this time around across all four competitions to ensure his key players are fresh for the big games.

Liverpool go into the 2014/15 Premier League as the third favourites at behind Manchester City and Chelsea.

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