McG wrote:Peaches, give it a few years. Right now Man U are the best team in the Premier League. Liverpool are at the earliest 2-3 years away from being a legit top 3rd/4th contender and that's if the young players develop and they find a legit replacement for Stevie G. Chelsea is a revolving door at manager and has aging stars (which they will replace) and some great young mids, they will always be competitive. Arsenal is a joke, will always be 2nd best or 3rd/4th best for that matter. Their board will never allow them to keep enough top talent to be champions. Spurs are going to lose Bale after this year (unless they make the CL, even then he's probably out), which is basically saying they will lose about 10-15pts per season aka a team fighting for 5th or 6th. City is City, they have the money and will probably be at top of the League next year along with Man U and Chelsea with all others fighting for fourth. Even if Moyes completely screws up, Man U at worst is a team fighting for 2nd-4th.
Some decent points in there but Liverpool being at least 2-3 years from being a contender for 3rd or 4th? No. It's a big if, but if our youth improves and we can cut the dead weight (Downing, Allen, Assaidi) or at least repurpose them and get a couple of mid-tier transfer targets we will challenge for a top 4 spot starting this coming August. A lot of if's but I don't think its entirely pants on head crazy.
I agree, but what I'm working with is what we know now and what recent history has told us about all the teams, including Liverpool. I like Liverpool, their history is second to none (including Man U) regarding trophies. Their manager Rodgers is a guy that I really like after the "Being Liverpool" series. As it stands right now, their transfer budget is weak (they didn't even have enough at the deadline to pull 8mil on Dempsey) and if they sell a "big money" player like Suarez they wont get full value due to his B.S. past. What they do have is some great young talent, Countinho and Sturridge topping the list, then you have Allen, Carroll, Borini, Sterling, Henderson, Shelvey and maybe even Wisdom and Coates can develop as good defenders. The vets of the squad are pretty solid, but their captain is hanging on by a thread, (just had shoulder surgery) is 32 and will be 33 in 20 days. Without any transfers they have a pretty good squad and who knows what will happen in the summer, but I don't see them right now battle for anything other than the Europa League. After a few years of development this team, with the right transfers could be fighting for the Champions League.