1) Champions League
After years decline at Anfield, the Reds are currently challenging for the Premier League title and almost certain to qualify for the Champions League come May. The lack of involvement in the continent’s elite competition has limited the kind of talent Liverpool have been able to attract and keep at the club.
Brendan Rodgers has taken Liverpool from seventh last term to top of the table at present in a rapid turnaround unseen in the Premier League era of English football. Furthermore, he has done it without throwing millions upon millions around in the transfer market – he has brought through some of the country and the continent’s most exciting young talent, placed his faith in their quality and given them the opportunity to succeed.
Those players, the likes of Raheem Sterling, John Flanagan, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have repaid his faith in them tenfold whilst he has inspired the old guard and the experienced and cultured stars like Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Lucas Leiva, and Luis Suarez to work for him, for the badge and the for the future of the club which looks healthier than it has in a decade under his leadership.
The form and confidence he has instilled in his players, young and old alike, as well as the unity and bond that is evidence in the way they have stormed the league this season makes him the kind of coach players from around the world will flock to Anfield to work with and behind.
Meanwhile, the man of the hour (and likely a Liverpool legend for many years to come) Rodgers has not only got the team winning, but winning in sensational style. The way the Reds have wiped the floor with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, and a whole host of others this term makes the club an attractive prospect for future employees.
The same way that Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund have the upper hand in a bidding war against their rivals, it comes down to style as much as it does titles and cash. Players are ego-driven creatures and they want to win first and foremost but the flair and technical quality of Rodgers’ brand of football (which will only improve over time) will make the best young talent at home and abroad, as well as seasoned stars around the world believe Liverpool will make them a better player and give them the ideal platform to express themselves.
We know what the history and the ethos of this club means to everyone affiliated with the club – the staff, the players, the fans and the city itself but in the years since the Reds won the Champions League in 2005 and in the years since their last title win in 1989/90, there has been a lot of nostalgia for times gone by in the absence of glory and stability in the presence and future. The history and the ethos of the club has always been a huge asset - more than any other club in England - and that has not changed. Liverpool haven't thrown money at the problem like Chelsea and Manchester City, they haven't gone around in circles, declining farther and farther into staleness like Arsenal and they haven't lost their passion, the fans have stayed true. This club can be immensely proud of how they have transitioned through times of instability and the class with which they've faced adversity.
That future looks brighter than it has in a decade this term – the club is relatively financially healthy, the owner is dependable and outspoken on his admiration and love of the club, the manager is here to stay, the star players to, and, so it seems the excitement and optimism that this club can challenge against the best in the country, the continent and beyond for years to come. This summer, there will be top players and future stars queuing up to sign for Liverpool Football Club.