England may have been eliminated from the World Cup having played just two group games, but there are reasons for Liverpool fans to be cheerful despite another summer of international hurt.
So while fans and pundits alike bemoan Roy’s boys, here are three reasons for Reds fans to keep smiling.
Raheem Sterling went into this summer’s World Cup with suggestions that he could take it by storm. Following an outstanding domestic campaign for Liverpool, the 19-year-old was being tipped to become the next-big-thing on the global stage, but instead he is heading home after just 10 days of competition.
However, that is not necessarily a bad thing, because he will already be thinking ahead to the next Premier League season, and the fact that he will soon be competing in the Champions League.
While things did not go according to plan this summer, he will want to show the rest of the world exactly what he can do on a consistent basis, and England’s elimination could be the fuel that ensures he does not suffer similar disappointment for his club next season.
A much-deserved rest
Liverpool may have fallen short in the title race last season, but they still had a fantastic campaign and their English contingent can now have a much-deserved rest.
The problem with having so many impressive players is that they are soon noticed by their national bosses, and such was the case as Sterling was joined by Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and Rickie Lambert in the Three Lions squad.
Now England are heading home, those players can rejuvenate before the challenges to come – a fact Brendan Rodgers is likely to be very grateful for.
The Suarez show rolls on
Liverpool fans could have been forgiven for having mixed feelings as they watched Luis Suarez net twice to all-but-seal England’s fate. But it cannot be denied just how special the Uruguayan is and his recovery from serious injury proved he could go down as one of the very best the game has ever seen.
Just as Cristiano Ronaldo rarely gets injured and his side prospers as a result, so Suarez recovered from a serious blow to not only turn-out for his country but score an outstanding brace as well.
Suarez looked anything but rusty despite his spell on the side-lines, and that can only be good news for the Reds.