Liverpool have proved an important point about where they are as a club with the current campaign and the way that they are performing.
For me, this came to light after we lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final in Kyiv. Not just for the manner of the defeat, but the fact we received such a huge lift when Fabinho signed for us just days later. Another one from Michael Edwards’ book of magic.
If that wasn’t enough, then the transfer business that we carried out last summer by bringing in the likes of Alisson Becker and Naby Keita, with one of those signing making a dramatic difference to our performances on the pitch.
The fact we have only lost twice in two seasons proves one important point. We can now eradicate the irritating and condescending trait that we are a stepping stone club for elite players.
Are Liverpool still a stepping stone club for elite players?
By all means, we used to be. Purely because of the fact we were not winning trophies regularly. Three examples represent this in the form of Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, and most recently, Philippe Coutinho.
All left because they believed the grass was greener and used us to propel their own careers into oblivion. Suarez was probably the only player that this worked out for, having gone on to win the Champions League, four league titles, four Copa Del Rays and two Spanish Super Cups.
But now, the tide has changed. The likes of Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane have all agreed long-term deals with the club. If we weren’t winning things, chances are they would be out the door.
This is why I strongly believe that the “stepping stone” tag that haunted us to our bones has been brushed off and we have become one of the most attractive propositions in world football.