Can Liverpool get back among big guns?
The 2011/12 season is going to go down in the annals at Liverpool as one of disappointment, when it comes to the Premier League, but Daniel Agger remains confident the Reds can get back to challenging for the Premier League title in their next campaign.
Kenny Dalglish has guided Liverpool to their Carling Cup triumph and the FA Cup final, where they lost out to Chelsea, but when it comes to their league campaign, it has been one of displeasure and anguish around Anfield.
After a summer of heavy investment, punters who like to bet on the Premier League had tipped the Merseysiders to push for a Champions League place.
However, they have struggled to show any consistency, and just lost too many games in front of their home fans, which means their dreams of finishing in the Premier League top four were extinguished months ago, and cup success was their only hope for triumph.
Liverpool have almost lost as many games at home as they have won, with that not being good enough for a side who spent big during last summer.
Joining the £50 million-plus spending on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, the previous January, Dalglish brought in Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam for big money. None of these big signings, bar Suarez, have really justified their cost.
Danish international defender Agger has begun looking ahead to next season, and he reckons there are real signs of growth and progress being shown around Anfield and that means they can challenge the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal in the 2012/13 campaign.
“Can we challenge the top teams next season? Yes, of course”, he told the club website. “We have moved forward a lot this season but right now the only feelings are of disappointment.”
With Dalglish having spent so big over the last 18 months, and with so many of these signing proving ultimately disappointing, it remains to be seen how much money the Liverpool owners will commit to spending, this coming summer.
If Liverpool really want to get into the Premier League top four and challenge for the title, then a massive improvement job must go on around Anfield.
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