After finishing a disappointing fourth, Liverpool FC will be out to prove themselves when the new season of the English Premier League begins next month.
Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League was scant consolation for a club who truly believe that their place belongs at the top. Far from their heydays of the 1980’s, Liverpool have been overtaken by Manchester United as the most successful club in the British top flight.
After years of inconsistency, it seems that Jurgen Klopp has finally managed to keep together a good crop of players, who can challenge for the title every season. Despite the frailties at the back, the Reds look formidable. With the addition of in form Mohammed Salah, Liverpool have even more pace and attack than last season. Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino continue to spearhead the attack, with Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson assisting them from midfield.
Liverpool were well poised last term before injuries hampered their season. Coutinho and Mane both struck gold and the Brazilian was one of the best five players in the league. His form and fitness will be crucial if Liverpool are to make their impact felt across Europe in this campaign as well. Having been out of the European circuit for a couple of years now, the men from Anfield are sure to make a lot of noise on Europe’s biggest stage. With an array of attacking talents masterminded by one of Europe’s top coaches, this Liverpool system can go the distance, much like Borussia Dortmund a few years back. The only real area of concern remains the center backs and the goalkeeper, the one place where Liverpool have not invested much.
Although the arrival of Salah was timely, but money spent on a better defensive pairing and goalkeeper would have been much more wiser. Simon Mignolet is still prone to mistakes over the course of a season and Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip have not expressed enough solidity to suggest that the Reds can keep a Clean Sheet if and when required. Against the big teams and in the big moments, all these things make a difference. When on song, Liverpool will be tough to beat, but whether they have developed the necessary mental toughness to absorb pressure and grind it out will be the key to their success this term.