Over the years, Liverpool have proved inconsistent – from the years of Suarez and challenging for the title, to the Dalglish years of mid-table obscurity. However, with the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have slowly but steadily improved. Now it seems unthinkable that they wouldn’t challenge for the Champions League places next year, if not the title.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
First Team: Mignolet; Milner, Lovren, Matip, Clyne; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana; Coutinho, Firmino, Mane.
Liverpool have gone from strength to strength under Jurgen Klopp. With second place finishes in the League Cup and the Europa League in 2015-16 to fourth in the Premier League and qualification for the Champions League, they are back where they belong. Assuming they hold on to their star quality, there is no reason Liverpool can’t keep going onwards and upwards.
Strength in depth. Like so many sides who return to European competition, Liverpool haven’t recruited enough quality to maintain a high level of performance in all competitions. You’d like to think they’ll perform again in the Premier League to qualify for Europe next year too, but nothing is sure in football.
Beating the best. Yes, Liverpool don’t have a big enough squad to challenge on all fronts, but they have enough quality to challenge all but the best teams on their day. Hopefully Coutinho will stay long enough to face up against suitors Barcelona. Hopefully Danny Sturridge ends up finding his scoring boots. And hopefully we don’t see another season of James “Mr Versatile” Milner at left back.
Lack of star quality. Yes, Liverpool have some world class players. But they need to get back to the days of recruiting world class stars, rather than being a training ground for Barcelona. Whether Jurgen Klopp is the man to do it remains to be seen, but imagine the added excitement a Neymar or Bale would bring to his side.
Liverpool are a great side, and we can’t wait to see what heights they hit this year. But spending a little coin on some world class talent (no, Salah doesn’t count) would take them to a whole new level. Here’s expecting another challenge for the top four.
Let’s remind ourselves of Liverpool’s quality against the top sides by revisiting this glorious 3-1 win over Arsenal last season.
Speaking of Arsenal, want to know how they’ll fare this year? Check out our review of their upcoming season.