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Selling stars, one League Cup in 9 years: are Liverpool still a big club?

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Liverpool fans have seen their club sell a star player who wanted to leave Anfield, so can the Reds still be classed as a ‘big club’?The Premier League side kicked off their pre-season with a game in Bangkok, but the sight of thousands of empty seats (see picture above) was described as a “big concern” by Liverpool Echo journalist Ian Doyle. 2 2 Empty seats at Liverpool v Thai All-Stars Once the undisputed kings of English football, the Reds’ reign at the top was coming to an end as the Premier League era began in the early 1990s.Despite boasting 18 top flight titles – once a record, now eclipsed by Man United’s 20 – it has been 25 years since they last finished top of the pile. While they remain the only English club to win a landmark five European Cups, they have lifted silverware just once in the past nine years – the League Cup after a penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff.At one time it would have been unthinkable for Liverpool to sell their best players to domestic rivals, but the departure of Sterling, following the failure to keep hold of Suarez, suggests the Reds are now on a par with Tottenham, rather than the Premier League title contenders.Is it time for Reds fans to face a brutal truth, or are Liverpool still a big club?Have your say in the poll and leave a comment below…last_img read more

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