Liverpool FC: 4 Ways Back to the Top

Jake RoddCorrespondent IIIMay 4, 2011

Liverpool FC: 4 Ways Back to the Top

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Dirk Kuyt,Luis Suarez celebrate with Team mate Maxi Rodriguez of Liverpool after he has scored the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool  and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 1, 2011 in Liverp
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    It’s been quite a season for those associated with Liverpool Football Club. In October, new owners were brought in to try and stabilise the rocking ship that was once a dominant force across Europe, while in January, fans witnessed the return of a club legend, to take the place of Liverpool’s shortest serving manager.

    These events, among others, have left all Liverpool supporters that little bit happier, and even the news of Steven Gerrard’s long term injury won’t put them down—though results without the talismanic skipper are yet to be seen.

    At the moment, however, all is well. The recent destruction of Birmingham and Newcastle have left all Red's Faithful satisfied that Liverpool FC is finally in the right hands.

Signing Improvements

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  Kenny Dalglish the manager of Liverpool stands between his new signings, Andy Carroll (l) and Luis Suarez (r) during a photocall at Anfield on February 3, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Liverpool supporters haven’t witnessed a big summer signing since 2007, when Fernando Torres was brought in. This was the last successful signing Liverpool made, as the likes of Alberto Aquilani, David Ngog, Albert Riera and Ryan Babel never really showed their true potential. 

    Therefore it was a mark of positive things to come when Damien Comolli was brought in to change that, and when Liverpool signed Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, it seemed that he was doing a brilliant job.

    However, his job is far from done. Liverpool are in dire need of a reliable left back, and two out and out wingers for Carroll to work with. With a couple of wingers linked with the club, however, I am sure that the wing problems will be resolved.

You Lot: The Fans

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 01:   Liverpool fans on the Kop display banners in support of their manager Kenny Dalglish the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool  and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 1, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive
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    In 2008, Liverpool’s fans were voted the best in the country. On numerous occasions Liverpool
    have been helped through ties thanks to their personal 12th man, most notably in Champions League fixtures.

    Though in 2010, the support seemed to be wavering, with the 12th man being reduced to more of an eleven-and-a-half, and even that is being generous. As a result, Liverpool were nothing short
    of woeful. However, with change comes confidence, and when Liverpool got back to winning ways after Roy’s departure, the 11th man came back more powerful than ever before.

    The crowd seem to be filing a major gap in Liverpool's play, with Anfield becoming a fortress again, which is a relief to one Sotirios Kyrgiakos, as he can call on the crowd to take his place when he gets sent off for ridiculous challenges.

The Striking Options

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool celebrates with team mate Luis Suarez after scoring the second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool  and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 1, 2011 in Li
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    For what seems like years, Liverpool haven’t had a decent strike pair. Fernando Torres was like Mr.
    Incredible, he "worked alone," and no other strikers made the final cut.

    Therefore Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll will have Liverpool fans singing again, as they are both young and therefore have years to master their partnership. One thing that struck me about the pair was the following—they have nothing in common: one tall, one short, one from England, the other
    from South America, one with horrific teeth, the other’s relatively normal—I will leave it to you to work out which one is which.

    In my opinion, this will work wonders. In the beginning of the season it was a regular feature to see the mini Van der Vaart latching on to Crouch’s knock-downs, and I feel that as Luis Suarez and Carroll are better than Van der Vaart and Crouch, the two could forge a brilliant partnership.

    As they say, opposites attract. 

Ownership

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  Liverpool owner John W Henry looks on ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool and SC Braga at Anfield on March 17, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    The most positive change for Liverpool came last year, when George Gillett and Tom Hicks were sent back to America. The new owners show much more consideration for Liverpool FC, and show dedication to success, as shown with the big money signings.

    The new appointment also leaves the fans happier, as they listen to what they say, hence the return of King Kenny to the Kop. They have recently been invested in by a huge sport star, which should, hopefully, provide more money for more players. All good from a Liverpool point of view.

    However, should the owners try and trick Liverpool, don’t be surprised to find
    new stadium plans ruined, as a graveyard for American Owners would surely be in
    order.

Conclusion, and the Main Reason...

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 23:  Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish gestures prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Birmingham City at Anfield on April 23, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    This man. You know him, if you're a liverpudlian, you love him.

    Kenny Dalglish has been a huge hit at Anfield, again. He has picked the players up and reminded them of the Liverpool way. Some players, such as Lucas, have flourished. With the young talent like Lucas, Carroll, Suarez and Kelly coming through, I expect Liverpool to be back near the top in the next few seasons, should they invest in some good wing men.

    However, first things first: Champions League Football. Desirable? Yes. Achievable? Next season, absolutely.