With the new Premier League season fast approaching, Liverpool will be looking to come back fighting and challenge for that elusive title once again, but a lack of summer incomings may see another emotional rollercoaster for fans alike.
The main talking point for Liverpool is without a doubt key players returning to full fitness at the right time. Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and more importantly, Virgil Van Dijk all look raring to go from the get-go but the summer arrival of Ibrahima Konate will give Klopp and his coaching staff selection headaches as to who should partner Van Dijk this season.
Finishing in the top four last season was so crucial for Liverpool, as it allows them to remain competitive ahead of the new season, continuing to compete at the highest level, especially with the problems they faced last season with injuries.
However, there is no guarantee that the Reds will avoid the same level of injuries again this time around. Pressure from the fans has been mounting over the lack of transfer business this summer with the single arrival of Konate. With no replacement, for now, PSG midfielder Gini Wijnaldum remains a problem as the Dutchman was one of a handful of players who avoided any injury setbacks in the middle of the park.
The recent emergence of Harvey Elliott is a massive boost to the squad this summer. After an impressive pre-season, it is expected that the youngster could be given the chance to shine this term. Kostas Tsmikas is another player that impressed in pre-season and with the recent injury to Andy Robertson – which could see the Scot miss the first four games of the season – Tsmikas will be looking to impress, making the decision, for when Robertson does return, difficult for Klopp.
Liverpool will be hoping to see another high scoring season from the main-man Mo Salah. The Egyptian finished last season with 31 goals in all competitions and Klopp will be hoping he can pull up similar figures this season. In order to repeat these impressive numbers, Salah will be reliant on more support from the likes of Mané and Firmino both only scoring 16 and 9 goals respectively in all competitions last season. It is crucial that the supporting cast of Salah turn up if Liverpool are to go on the hunt for another Premier League title.
Liverpool certainly have the quality to win the league, however, unless further additions to the squad are made, it is hard to see how they can overcome the likes of Manchester City this season, most recently splashing out on Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish for a fee of £100 million.
If the Reds are expecting to progress in Cup Competitions and the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League then this season could be tough for Klopp’s team but with the hunger back to regain their crown and with a full capacity Anfield back, never say never, as we have seen before this could be a massive boost in their hunt for more trophies.
Liverpool are in for a rollercoaster of a season, like always but I have no doubt in my mind that they will challenge for the title barring any serious injuries.
A run in the Champions League is very likely with the possibility of even winning their 7th crown this season, especially with the return of the famous Anfield crowd. A cup run is not expected unless more additions can be added before the transfer deadline.
My prediction: 4th – It’ll be hard to see how Liverpool can overcome the teams above them with a lack of strengthening this summer but they thrive off of being the underdogs and have been known to silence the critics in previous years.