The dejection around Anfield at the moment is something that Brendan Rodgers has the entirety of the summer to rectify, once we negotiate the difficult task of getting a result at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of a difficult season that is.
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While some of the sorrow on Merseyside is out of his control – with the departure of Steven Gerrard on the horizon – there is no doubt that this campaign has fallen short of the success of last year. With just the trip to Stoke to go, our current position of fifth is the best we can hope for, while seventh – and the possibility of missing out on the Europa League, should Aston Villa win the FA Cup – lurks should we slip up.
So it is little surprise that a poll conducted by the Daily Mirror has found that 45% of fans expect for us to do worse next year, while only 24% believe that we can do better, and 31% expecting more of the same.
Next season is something of a mystery unfortunately, which is perhaps why we do not believe that the tide will turn in our favour. Obviously, losing Steven Gerrard is a massive blow. While his powers have diminished slightly over the past few months, his influence on and off the pitch will be greatly missed.
But, Brendan Rodgers is aware of the need to use the transfer window wisely after last year. Hopefully, he will have already identified the players that will take us back to the higher echelons of the league, and be making plans to bring them in imminently.
Plus, if we can have Daniel Sturridge stay fit for most of the season, we have a player that can provide the one thing we really lacked this year: goals. The rhetoric suggests that his comeback may be the final one he has to make after a long lay-off.
If you asked fans ahead of the 2013/14 what our chances were of topping the Premier League in nearly 38 games’ time, the figures would have looked even more bleak. So, don’t despair.