Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted results would improve after the Merseysiders suffered their third defeat in five Premier League matches this season with a 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday.
Without the departed Luis Suarez and injured Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool returned to the Champions League with a win but face a challenge to recover the free-scoring form that put them back among the European elite.
The young English players savoured a performance to remember against Switzerland in the 2-0 win in Basel at the 2016 Euro qualifying match. The main instrument behind the win was none other than 19-year old Liverpool youngster, Raheem Sterling. It has become a necessity for Roy Hodgson's side, to set their game-plan around Sterling. With him England now have a potential young talisman who can hurt teams on any given day. For Hodgson this serves as a major boost and it is something he will want his young horse to keep doing.
England manager Roy Hodgson said on Sunday he would have liked Monday`s opening European Championship Group E fixture away to Switzerland, the team he was once in charge of, to have come later in the qualifying programme.
Italy and former AC Milan controversial striker Mario Balotelli, provides Liverpool an added zeal in the attack, just what the Reds had been looking for after the departure of Luis Suarez. Balotelli is set to complete a £16m move to the Anfield club from the San Siro giants on Monday. The valuation of the deal has been a highlight of the summer transfer window, it`s a sheer bargain!
There`s no Luis Suarez any more, and will the Reds be able to cope without him in domestic circuit and Europe this season, will present an interesting sight in the offering. Liverpool, who finished second in the English Premier League last season, have made their way back to Champions League football after a gap of five years and manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to add more depth to his squad to challenge for top honours.
Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool`s title hopes and England being knocked out the World Cup in the group stages have contributed to what has been "probably the worst three months of my life".