Those empty seats in Thailand will be a big concern to #LFC – like it or not, they don’t really have many box-office players at the moment.— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) July 14, 2015Despite an apparent lack of marquee names, Brendan Rodgers still has faith in his squad and his summer acquisitions so far suggest a change in transfer approach.Last summer, the Reds’ transfer committee saw very little dividends from the £75m they reinvested from the Suarez sale, but there is a feeling that they have been far more calculated this time round.The club and Rodgers, visibly, still have a pull factor too, particularly after James Milner opted for Liverpool over Arsenal because of the club’s history and his promise of a central midfield role.£29m star Roberto Firmino is one of the finest emerging talents in world football and there is a hope that he will develop a telepathic understanding with Brazilian compatriot Philippe Coutinho to wreak havoc in the final third.And, while Reds fans may bemoan that it isn’t Alexandre Lacazette or Marco Reus, Christian Benteke looks likely to be their new hitman up front. The Belgian might be synonymous with a less stylish approach, but he is effective and his record against Liverpool speaks for itself. If you can’t beat them, sign them.So, despite pessimism engulfing swathes of the Merseyside faithful, one poor season in the Premier League doesn’t mean Liverpool aren’t still a force to be reckoned with.They may have lost their captain and one of their brightest young prospects, but the former was aging and the latter was having a toxic influence on the dressing room.A new era dawns at Anfield, starting with an assault on the Champions League places next season. 2 Anfield Liverpool are still a ‘big club’, but only just, according to our poll.It was tight, but a majority of 54 per cent answered yes when quizzed on the Reds’ current status… 2 The sale of Raheem Sterling to Premier League rivals Manchester City fuelled debate about the current state of Liverpool and what the club’s realistic ambitions can be in the coming years.Sterling’s departure, combined with Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona and Steven Gerrard’s new adventure in the MLS, means Liverpool have lost three of the key figures who so nearly drove them to the Premier League title in 2013/14.And the conveyor belt of Anfield exits appears to be having an impact in various departments. While Reds fans are becoming increasingly disheartened at their chances in the coming season, the players were greeted with a host of empty seats while on their pre-season tour in Thailand earlier this week.