Dave Davis is adamant that, despite Liverpool’s failure to sign Virgil van Dijk, there are multiple players in the side capable of winning silverware for the Reds.
The negativity has been dripping off social media for the last week on the back of the Virgil van Dijk saga. For many, the season seemed to be a disaster when the Dutch defender didn’t perform the famous Melwood lean.
However, one thing this window and start to the season has clearly evidenced is a huge positive for the club. We again have multiple game changers.
Sterling-Suarez-Sturridge. A deadly attacking trio supplied by Stevie G from deep. The defence wasn’t outstanding, but what an attacking threat.
That was 13/14 though and in the years since we’ve had many players who haven’t really been deserving of a red shirt, never mind the regular game time they received. Jürgen Klopp has had multiple transfer windows and despite the minimal net spend, the options finally appear worthy.
Coutinho’s off field issues aside, when the window closes and he’s still a red, you fancy he’ll remind us of the talent we’d come to love before this window.
The Brazilian has gone up a level under Klopp and remains a game-changer. Daniel Sturridge’s powers may be reduced due to his multiple injuries, but the England striker looks fitter than he’s ever been and his goal against Arsenal was a timely reminder of his predatory instincts. History and last season told us Sturridge still possesses a skillset that no-one else in the squad may have.
This season, Mané and Firmino have reminded everyone of their credentials if it was really needed. The Senegalese attacker looks a bargain at the £34 million Southampton did actually sanction and lays a fair claim to being our most important player.
Firmino looks reborn from his last six months of the season due to the fact he’s now flanked either side by clever runs and searing pace. The former Hoffenheim man must run Mané close in the importance stakes.
Mo Salah’s impact mustn’t be underestimated either. It’s still early days, but the Egyptian speedster already has multiple goals and assists to his name. His acceleration and intelligent movement causes a nightmare for opposition defenders and makes him impossible to pick up at times. Every passing game makes the £36.9 million outlay look a snip.
Those five aside, there’s a real hope that the signing of Oxlade-Chamberlain will see a player with numerous raw attributes move on a level and Dominic Solanke should realise that undoubted potential.
Add in Gini’s record in the big games, Emre’s encouraging start to this season and Lallana still to return and opposition teams will rightly be frightful.
The notion that defences win titles has merit and the frustration over the VVD saga is understandable. This current Liverpool side has multiple current and potential game-changers though. It’s been a while since we could have said that.