AgreedIt is hard to put it in words, but in some sort of wierd way - they never left.
At the end of the day, all the great players you mentioned can be classified as English players. I think Liverpool is facing an identity and cultural crisis. Yet to be the greatest, it got to open its doors wide to the greatest players in the world. Only then it will be at the same bar with clubs like Barca and Real Madrid.Because they left and did not return.
I am not accusing them, not even close. Some were sold or released because the club did not want to keep them. Others got better offers from "bigger" clubs were they dreamed of playing since they were kids.
Take Rush, Kenny, Fowler, even when they left the club to play someone else, they returned to Liverpool. It is hard to put it in words, but in some sort of wierd way - they never left.
And by the way, Salah mentioned that he dreamed as a kid to play for Liverpool. I feel torn, even though I think it is better for his developement to leave as well as better for the club, financially.