Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler maintains the club can better last season's second-place Premier League finish, despite the loss of Luis Suarez, having built a stronger all-round squad this summer.
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes the club are primed for another title challenge this season, after the moves Brendan Rodgers has made to replace Luis Suarez.
Following Suarez’s £75 million sale to Barcelona, Rodgers has spent close to £60 million thus far on Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic, in a bid to improve upon last season’s second-place Premier League finish.
With Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy also very close to completing his £8.5 million move, as the team work on other potential deals for Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Javi Manquillo, Fowler is optimistic that the club can better last season’s success.
‘The expectations last season were that we’d finish in the top four and now we’ve done that and surprised many, many people by how we played and performed,’ he told Soccer Morning.
‘It turned out to be maybe a game too far in the end, and sadly we couldn’t win that Premier League, but now we’ve laid down a marker and people will expect us to better that this season.
‘It’s up to the players and manager now to deliver that but I’m always quietly confident and optimistic that we can do well.
‘Liverpool as a club will always be there – players will come and go. It is sad – obviously we always want to keep the best players, but Luis Suarez is somewhere else now and we’ve got to focus on what we have.
‘There’s probably going to be a little bit more pressure on the players in his position to step up to the mantle but Liverpool has always done that, if you think of all the great names in the past who’ve come and gone.’
Fowler also went on the praise the signings Rodgers has made so far this summer, believing them to be the proven, Premier League commodities the squad need to compete for the title.
‘I’ve been very impressed by the calibre of signings so far,’ he said. ‘One of Liverpool’s weaknesses last season was the depth of the squad but we’ve signed a few now, and Brendan has been clever in both bringing in and targeting established Premier League names.
‘We know what we’re going to get from them as they’re proven at this level. Of course no one knows for certain what’s going to happen when you do move clubs, but I’m sure every single one who’s come in will step up.’
Having narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, Liverpool face the tough task of replacing Suarez’s 31-goal impact from 2013-14, as they look to battle on all fronts, but a better all-round squad could just be the answer to going one step further than the previous campaign.