Former Liverpool forward Emile Heskey has given his thoughts ahead of the Reds’ Champions League match against Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.
Writing exclusively for Goal.com, Heskey said – somewhat unsurprisingly – that he did not see any of Liverpool’s current crop as being good enough to get into this Real side, although he did reserve praise for Raheem Sterling.
“A lot has been asked of him and he has thrived on that,” Heskey wrote, “but generally it has been one big struggle.”
But perhaps most interestingly, Heskey feels that the players Brendan Rodgers brought in this summer will not settle for quite some time, leaving this season as one that could contain far more downs than ups.
“It can sometimes take a year to really find your form after a big move,” he wrote, “and it’s looking like Liverpool have taken a backward step and won’t get the best of them until next season.”
That will be a big blow to those Liverpool fans hoping the cliub could build on last season’s outstanding campaign, when they came tantalisingly close to winning their first Premier League title.
Ultimately that was not to be and it was always going to be tough following the departure of Luis Suarez and the injury problems of Daniel Sturridge. But when you consider the money Liverpool paid out during the summer, and the fact that many of their new players have Premier League experience, waiting a whole season for them to click is a problem few would have perceived just a few short months ago.