After a superb season under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, Liverpool fans can look forward to a summer of progress and prosperity...
A sideways and visually interpretive look at Liverpool's summer challenges.
1) That other clubs will steal their targets
For several summers now Liverpool fans have had to refrain from getting too excited about a potential new arrival for fear that, just at the last minute, another club will come in and swipe the signing away from them like candy from a baby. Whether it’s Yevhen Konoplyanka this term, after Mohamed Salah in January, the transfer season can be frustrating.
2) That their best chance at winning the Premier League title is gone
Meanwhile, Liverpool had an absolutely sensational season this term and almost won their first ever Premier League title. Almost. Nearly. They had the chance and the worry will be that the chance has passed them by as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal will all be stronger next term.
3) That their rivals will super-strengthen
On that note, Chelsea will bring a big name striker this summer, Arsenal too, Manchester United will be resurgent under Louis van Gaal and Manchester City will improve as well and all of those clubs have more money to throw around than the Reds do which could make shopping in this window a little cumbersome for Brendan Rodgers who, so far, has managed to sign £4.5 million Rickie Lambert. How will that compare to what their opponents do?
4) That Luis Suarez will get injured at the World Cup
The Premier League’s top scorer last term and easily the best player in the league is currently injured but is being rushed back to fitness so he can feature for Uruguay this summer at the World Cup in Brazil. Every Reds fan in the world will be wincing any time he goes down, any time he rides a challenge – it’s going to be tense. All summer long until Uruguay get knocked out and then we can all relax.
5) That England will be rubbish and the players will return with low self-esteem
Liverpool have five players involved in Brazil this summer in Roy Hodgson’s England squad and we all know what that means – every time England play in a World Cup the press hype up the team and carry on and on about how great they are. Until they get there are then we all moan and groan and sigh about how shockingly tragically woeful they are. Then they get knocked out. Then they start to find scapegoats to blame and then the players return to their clubs with all the confidence and energy of a kitten stuck up a tree for two months.