Back in 2005, Liverpool was one of the household names in English Football. Under the brilliant tutelage of Rafa Benitez, the club from Merseyside were able to lift the Champions League trophy and cement themselves as one of the best clubs to ever sprout out from the Premier League and flourish with brilliance and style. With players like Dietmar Hamann, Luis Garcia, John Arne Riise and Jamie Carragher, all of whom fell under the awe-inspiring leadership of Mr. Liverpool Steven Gerrard, the team from Merseyside became a force to be reckoned with upon football pitches across the globe.
Unfortunately, times have changed.
http://fanscorners.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Liverpool-Istanbul.jpgChampions League Champs: Under the supervision and tutelage of Rafa Benitez and the leadership of Steven Gerrard, Liverpool became the Champions of Europe after an infamous night in Istanbul, where they came from 3-0 down to win the title on penalties.
The departures of influencial men like Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher and even the manager Rafa Benitez have all hit Liverpool hard. Steven Gerrard found himself leading a team of completely different players that were not as experienced as the men he had played alongside of at Istanbul all those years ago, and Liverpool began to lose their place as the Champions of Europe, the same place that they had so desperately tried to keep a hold of.
Everything hit an all-time low, however, when Roy Hodgson became the Liverpool manager in 2010. Under the management of the now-England manager, Liverpool became a shell of it's former self upon the pitch. With flop signings like Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky littering the Liverpool squad and team morale being dreadful, Liverpool began to drop further and further down the table until Roy Hodgson found himself replaced by a man that Liverpool fans have come to know and love: Kenny Dalglish himself.
Hodgson's Liverpool: Back in 2010, Roy Hodgson's led Liverpool to nothing but becoming a shell of the team who won the Champions league half a decade before.
Unfortunately, despite the renewed Liverpool squad and leadership, with additions like Raul Meireles, Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez joining the squad in January, Liverpool found themselves in 7th place in the table, just able to qualify for the Europa League whilst winning the Capital One Cup and becoming the runners-up in the FA Cup.
Due to this, Kenny Dalglish found himself replaced by a man that would become a well-known man over the next three years, the Northern Irishman known as Brendan Rodgers. The Irishman brought in the likes of Fabio Borini and Joe Allen during his first summer at Anfield, but found Liverpool a harder team to please than his former club Swansea. It was not until January, when Rodgers brought in the magnificent men known as Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho did Liverpool finally manage to become the team that people had once known.
With a deadly strikeforce of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, known to the Kop as the SAS, Liverpool rocketed themselves to second place in the table during the second season of Brendan Rodgers' Anfield Reign, something that pleased the fans to no-end and thrust Liverpool back into the spotlight once more.
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Pix/pictures/2014/9/28/1411911248697/Brendan-Rodgers-011.jpgBrendan Rodgers' Redmen: The Northern Irishman took Liverpool to a better place than they were with under Dalglish, Hodgson and all the men before them leading up to Benitez, but Liverpool were still not the same team that they once were.
Things were not heavenly for long, however.
Brendan Rodgers' reign came crashing to a halt when Luis Suarez found himself moving to Barcelona for a record fee, while being replaced by flops like Mario Balotelli. Steven Gerrard also made the decision to end his career at Liverpool and leave for the USA, leaving Jordan Henderson to pick up the pieces that he had left behind. Injuries to Daniel Sturridge also plagued the team, adding to the goal drought that Liverpool were left with now that their infamous 'SAS' was now well and truly disbanded. All of this bad news was a burden for Liverpool and resulted in Rodgers being sacked in October 2015.
But Liverpool now have some form of hope, as German Manager Jurgen Klopp, known for his fabulous escapades at Borussia Dortmund, has taken control of Liverpool and seeks to take them to the top and allow them to become the Champions that they once were. The Normal One knows that it will not be easy, but Liverpool have the will and determination to become the Champions of Europe again.