Dave Davis explains why Liverpool’s situation between the sticks is nothing to worry about with so much positivity at the club.
“There’s a reason they concede so many goals. They’re disorganised and they’ve got no leaders at the back.”
“It’s not about leaders, it’s about the system the manager employs.”
Rewind to a Carragher-Redknapp debate after last season’s opening day draw against Watford and the same old fears of the previous campaign were still evident.
With suggestions that Karius may be about to retain his number one status, the Liverpool fan base that frequent social media appears to harbour the same worries. This isn’t the same group of players or the same mentality, though.
“If they had van Dijk, they’d have won that game.”
Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool are now in possession of a colossus. You often get what you pay for and the Dutchman looks like £75 million well spent. The manager was willing to wait and it’s understandable why given van Dijk’s all-round qualities.
He’s easily Liverpool’s best centre half, a leader that makes all the difference at the back and njuries permitting, we’ll have him for a full campaign after a summer off.
It’s hard to name a greater meteoric rise than that of Liverpool’s full backs last year. It’s not even a contest between Robertson and Moreno as the Scotsman gave Anfield something that it had been craving for years.
A quality defender with top level crossing ability is difficult to find and never cheap. An apology seems owed to Hull over an £8m fee. On the right-hand side, it’s hard to measure just exactly how far Trent Alexander-Arnold’s progressed in a year. However you want to label it, Liverpool have a base to build on.
Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum started that day at Vicarage Road. For all the Nabil Fekir disappointment to date, only a fool would think the midfield hadn’t been upgraded.
Whilst the captain’s second half of the season proved instrumental in the run to Kiev, the addition of Fabinho brings to the club a specialist defensive midfielder of top quality. It’s been many a year since that’s been said.
Umpteen articles have been written about Naby Keïta and Klopp’s initial difficulty will be tapering expectations. Most Reds are hugely excited about what the young Guinean might bring. Others believe we’ve a soon to be global superstar on our hands.
There’s one at the club in the form of an Egyptian King and the PFA player of the year will give Premier League defenders nightmares all day long. Firmino started last season as a 14 goal striker. He’ll start this campaign having netted 27 times alone for the Reds the season before.
Sadio Mané is now in the 29 goals a year bracket too as Liverpool posses one of, if not the best, front threes in Europe – hard to imagine that after Miguel Britos’ late equaliser that day.
There will be further additions through the door at Melwood, which will strengthen the squad even further. The existing group has more than acquitted themselves at the highest level of club football and will be all the better for the experience.
If another keeper comes in, it’ll be understandable and another part of the jigsaw. If not, the manager’s left himself open to criticism but his decision is made. There’s plenty to be positive about though before August arrives.