A year ago, thinking that Liverpool would be 21 points away from top spot and battling with the likes of Newcastle in a race for a Champions League spot was like mentioning Voldemort at Hogwarts. You just didn’t do it.
Now, however, albeit still a scary and very depressing thought, this looks to be Liverpool’s easiest transitional period for a long time.
John Gibbons from the Anfield Wrap quoted “Its been so frustrating for fans at the moment, because your watching a team that is so different each week.
“its hard to put your finger on how they can look so good one week then timid the next.”
However for Liverpool they’re not going from Luis Suarez to Mario Balotelli this time. Again, that’s a story for a campfire.
This time, they will be going from Sadio Mane to Luis Diaz. From Roberto Firmino to Diogo Jota; Joel Matip to Ibrahima Konate. The list goes on.
“The forwards that they have brought in have hit the ground running, but they haven’t rejuvenated the squad like others have done recently,” said Gibbons
And whilst it doesn’t, Trent Alexander-Arnold entering what many consider to be prime years will still be around.
Not to mention a certain Harvey Elliott. There is simply so much more promise than previous times.
Even with Liverpool’s famous Trio of Mane, Firmino and new Premier League Top scorer Mo Salah ending, the Reds look ready to compete for years to come with new signings of Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez.
Liverpool fan Charlie Morris quoted “The foundations are being set and will likely continue to be built in the summer.
“The signing of Fabio Carvalho. They knew of the importance of snapping Carvalho up, the same as they knew the importance of securing Elliott when at Fulham.
“When we added Carvalho, Liverpool’s highly criticized squad depth has added a tint of youthful exuberance to it, whilst looking much improved.”
The feeling of change being a bumpier experience for Liverpool than expected has been further accentuated by the announcement at the start of the season that the club has been put up for sale by FSG.
But on the 20th of February, Liverpool are not up for sale after all, but perhaps some investment and structural changes will benefit them in a rapidly changing environment.
Gibbons quoted, “They have been largely good owners till this point.”
“If we don’t have a big summer, they will be under the Kosh and if we have a tough start to next season then the finger will be pointed.”
It has affected their transition as supporters have been left without a clear outcome to the sale and it looks like fans want the sale to be completed as they flew a banner before their match against the red side of Manchester.
They put Manchester United in hell last Sunday as they knocked seven past them before the full-time whistle blew.
Morris said, “It was overwhelming, it was one of the great Liverpool performances, one of the greatest Liverpool wins at Anfield.”
“In a season that has been short on moments that you can class as an all-time high, this is one to savor.
“There active in all competitions in a way were not and I was wondering that they were a slightly better side than us this season.
“I was worried we would not get a result, but we absolutely rinsed them,”
Nevertheless, the Reds were knocked back from the Champions League spots with a loss to struggling Bournemouth.
The Cherries took the lead before half time and won 1-0 that leaves the six-time Champions league winners six points behind fourth place Tottenham.
Gibbons said, “It’s all about getting into the Champions League spot and propelling into next season,”
“The Champions League spot is important as it gives you the money to spend and players to bring in, like Jude Bellingham.”
With optimism not forgiven Liverpool have 12 games left of this Premier League season.