I cannot help but recall Brendan Rodgers and his diabolical statement he made right after finishing second in the 2013/14 season where he discussed the difficulties Manchester United will face in signing big name players given the lack of Champions League action.
Since then, every major team in England including Man United have got their hands on marquee players except for Liverpool. Sadly for the Merseyside giants, the trend is set to continue this summer as well.
It has only been few weeks in to the summer transfer window and we have seen the likes of Mario Gotze and Jonas Hector already turn down a move to Anfield.
The fact that Liverpool will not be in Champions League football next season or for that matter any European football will detract their rumoured targets.
For a brief spell Gonzalo Higuain was linked with a move to Liverpool, however, entire British media dropped the news instantly given Higuain’s recent form and where Liverpool stand at the moment.
Despite Jurgen Klopp’s charismatic presence at Anfield, The Reds have so far signed Mario Grujic, Joel Matip and Loris Karius, neither of which can be deemed as world class.
Given their recent failures and lack of top-level competition, this sorry trend may continue this summer where Liverpool will need to sign players keeping only the next season in mind.
First and foremost, Klopp will need to drag Liverpool back to Champions League and then look to sign the very best players in European football.
Next season will be the platform on which Klopp will either build his legacy or will follow the like of Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers without delivering too much success for the club.