Brendan Rodgers has asked the Liverpool fans for patience in expecting a return to the glory days at Anfield.
Liverpool are likely to finish seventh this season, one place up on their eighth place finish last term. Rodgers says that without huge investment in the squad, this sort of slow progress is the best his side can achieve.
The Anfield chief said: “There is not going to be a big instant improvement. That is the reality. I think that unless you can throw £100m at it…
“Look where Manchester City were for years and then they had a load of money thrown at them to take them so far. Then there was another load to take them to the top.
“Unless you can do that, you are just going to make marginal gains. But the little steps will take you there.”
Mixed success in transfer market
Rodgers’ signings so far have been hit and miss. Fabio Borini and Joe Allen have been flops, while Daniel Sturridge and Phillippe Coutinho look promising. Sturridge has been dangerous when paired with Luis Suarez up front, but has suffered with injuries since joining in January.
Rodgers has instilled his passing philosophy into the team and the players now look comfortable in what they are doing. Rodgers went on to say: “We will get players in who we think we can develop and improve.
“We will look for players for today as well as tomorrow, but we have to try to coach our way to get there rather than spending our way there.”
Liverpool got a point yesterday, after Luis Suarez scored in injury time to equalise against Chelsea. That puts them five points behind Merseyside rivals Everton in sixth and 30 points behind Man Utd at the top of the table.
Liverpool have had a good second half to the season and if they can start the next campaign in the same form, then they may have a chance of a challenge for the Champion League places.