After two years without Champions League football, Jurgen Klopp has guided Liverpool back into the most prized competition in European football.
The Champions League is awaiting Liverpool if they can clinch all three points against Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday. Klopp failed to secure Champions League qualification last season when they suffered a demoralizing 4-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final.
Liverpool play a high pressing style with full emphasis on their talented attacking players. The likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firimino and Coutinho have contributed 36 goals combined to the reds’ tally of 75 Premier League goals this season.
However, the problems in defence still remain and fans will be hoping they can tighten up at the back with some key signings in the transfer window. Matip and Klavan have enjoyed promising displays but improvement will be required if Liverpool are to compete in the Champions League next season
The debate on the goalkeeping situation also needs to be cleared up by Jurgen Klopp in the summer. Karius and Mignolet have been played at different stages of the season but it seems a new goalkeeper could be heading to Anfield this summer.
Joe Hart is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment, due to his uncertain future at Manchester City. The England international spent the season in Italy with Torino and Guardiola still seems unsure on whether Hart could fit into his style of play.
There’s obvious improvement needed at Liverpool and their Champions League qualification could boost their chances of acquiring world class talent. They have good depth in midfield but could also be looking for a striker in the summer.
Klopp is gradually building a very promising team at Anfield and the future looks bright in Liverpool. Whether he can maintain that success is yet to be seen but due to his track record at Dortmund, it’s easy to get carried away with what could be for Liverpool.
Incomings and Outgoings Set to be Decisive…
The incomings and outgoings in the transfer market will be decisive for next season, especially considering they’re likely to be playing Champions League football. Keeping the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane will be extremely important.
Coutinho has been linked with FC Barcelona, as he has been for the past couple of seasons. Liverpool need to keep hold of the Brazilian but could receive a hefty transfer fee for his services.
Virgil Van Dijk has been rumoured to be joining Liverpool in the summer and he’d provide great leadership skills in defence. The reds lack a leader at the back and his frightening stature and composed style could be essential to preventing the goals from finding their net.
Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has also been linked with Liverpool and he’s been very impressive this season. The former Manchester United player has been linked with a series of clubs, so it’ll be interesting to see his final destination next season.
Sturridge is a very talented striker but he’s difficult to rely on due to his consistent injury problems. A new striker in the summer is a must and it’s time for them to be ambitious and head into the transfer market to find a big name.
Statistics You Need To Know…
- They’ve had a great range of players to rely on for goals, with Mane scoring 13, Coutinho netting 12 and Firimino notching up 11.
- They are also 1st place in the Premier League Fair Play table.
- They’ve scored the joint-second most goals in the Premier League this season, level with Manchester City on 75 goals.
- Only Arsenal have conceded more goals (43) than Liverpool’s (42) in the top seven.
- Only Manchester City have accumulated more passes than Liverpool this season.