The next article in our series takes us to Liverpool FC. The Reds have been a project under Jurgen Klopp. He came in with a vision and over the past couple of seasons, that vision has manifested itself into a European powerhouse. The attacking trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino have become lethal in the opposing third. […]
The next article in our series takes us to Liverpool FC.
The Reds have been a project under Jurgen Klopp. He came in with a vision and over the past couple of seasons, that vision has manifested itself into a European powerhouse. The attacking trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino have become lethal in the opposing third. Along with defensive juggernaut Virgil Van Dijk, They won their 7th Champion’s League Final this past season.
A club with a tradition and history of success, its been almost 30 years since Liverpool has won the league. In that time, Manchester United and Manchester City have won a combined 17 league titles. The Reds have had many greats in that period, from the controversial Luis Suarez to club legend Steven Gerrard. The magical night in Istanbul in 2005 remains a legendary memory for those fans who saw their team come back from 3-0 to win against a strong AC Milan side. Still, they could never achieve that elusive Premier League trophy.
This season will be the defining moment for Jurgen Klopp’s career. The team hasn’t signed any major players this window. There are still two weeks or so left, but time is running out. They really only need a center back and left-back. There are plenty of options out there for them.
At center back, Liverpool need someone who can partner with Van Dijk and control the backline. They signed teenager Sepp Van den Berg, who is a promising prospect from PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands. If they elect to play Joe Gomez with Van Dijk, they would have a quick backline that is effective in the progression from the back.
If they want to sign someone more permanent, I think Willi Orban from RB Leipzig could be a good choice. He seems committed to RB Leipzig, but could be persuaded from the Reds. Another choice could be Ibrahima Konate, also from Leipzig. He had 3.7 tackle and interceptions per 90 and is a great physical presence to pair with Van Dijk. He could cost a lot of money, but he is still very young at 20 years of age.
At left back, the Reds will need someone who will be a backup to Andrew Robertson, who had a massive impact from the left flank last season. Perhaps signing Emerson from Chelsea as a backup could be an inexpensive solution, but with Chelsea’s transfer ban, they might not be too keen to sell. Maybe a loan move could help with Chelsea’s dilemma, but I don’t think it would happen.
Another option could be to just play James Milner there, which Liverpool has already been doing. However, Milner is getting older and if Robertson gets a serious injury, the games will add up on Milner’s legs.
Liverpool will be hoping they can find the same form as last season, which saw them 2nd on 97 points. They might not get 97 points, but I think this will be their year. I think they will finish 1st in the league, having a front three that are all clinical in front of the net and the delivery they get from out wide is world class. If they can remain healthy, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
They also have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin coming back from injury, which will be a huge boost to the Reds. The long wait for Premier League glory surely will come to an end for a Liverpool team that is not only industrious, but creative and clinical. There will be more trophies to come as this will cement Jurgen Klopp into history as one of the best managers of recent times.