As Liverpool prepare to kick off their Europa League campaign with a tricky trip to Bordeaux, UEFA’s latest rankings highlight the side’s alarming decline since Fenway Sports Group took control of the club.
When the American company bought the club in 2010, the Reds were fifth in the European rankings, but now find themselves down in 55th place, the Metro report.
To put the ratings into perspective, Tottenham – Liverpool’s nearest rivals in the Premier League last season – sit 24th, while Manchester United are 20th (via UEFA).
The Merseyside outfit’s decline comes just over a year after they were on the verge of lifting their first league title since 1990. However, they were punished last season for failing to adequately replace their best player, having lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
There was a bit more optimism heading into this season, as Brendan Rodgers oversaw the departures of most of the deadwood in the side, while making some astute signings.
However, two consecutive defeats in the Premier League has seen much of the positivity washed away, and means that defeat in France may mean that serious questions begin to be asked before the decline takes the great club down further.