Ahead of yet another encounter with Manchester United’s fiercest of rivals, Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson remarked yesterday that he “couldn’t believe” his rivals were a whole 21 points behind his side in the Premier League.
Following United’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford yesterday, which was Ferguson’s second win over his old foes this season following the same scoreline back at Anfield last year, Brendan Rodger’s men remain miles away from United and, simply put, do not look anything close to title challengers.
Liverpool have finished seventh, sixth and eighth in the Premier League in the last three seasons and it actually does feel like the twenty-three years that have passed since they last won what was then called the Football League First Division in 1990 following decades of dominance in England.
When Sir Alex Ferguson took over at Old Trafford he stated that it was his mission to “knock Liverpool off their perch”. Not only has he knocked them off their perch but he has kicked them out of the birdcage, too.
Under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool are in a period of transition. Legends like Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard are now in the twilight of their long careers and new players like Daniel Sturridge and Jonjo Shelvey have been ushered in.
But Liverpool really do need to make a number of other signings if they are to once more overtake Man United as England’s number one football team.
Here’s five we had in mind.
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This article was first posted on January 14, 2013