Liverpool have had an incredible 2019, but here are three players the fans can expect even more from next season.
The expectation around Keita was huge – few players make their debut with a song already ringing around the Kop. But that’s understandable; the nature of Liverpool’s deal with RB Leipzig meant hype built for a year.
Keita’s season was hit and miss, however. He started brightly but actually got worse as the season progressed, rarely looking up to the task.
However, the final three months saw him kick on, showing that he certainly has the talent required. Injury stopped him from featuring in the final but if he picks up where he left off next season, Keita could finally add the midfield dynamism he was signed for.
An obvious one, but Oxlade-Chamberlain made no impact this season because of injury, effectively missing the lot.
He became an absolutely vital part of their run to the previous Champions League final and if fully fit arguably starts even now. Perhaps nothing underlines the team’s progress better this season than the fact that Liverpool coped without him.
Just having the Ox back next season improves the squad. And if he performs anything like he did in early 2018, he improves it by quite a bit.
A very different case to the other two – Alexander-Arnold has earned his place on this list, rather than being on it through misfortune.
He’s set the record for assists by a Premier League defender and became the youngest player to start two Champions League finals. UEFA named him in the Champions League squad of the season. His fellow professionals put him in the PFA Team of the Year.
He’s a European Champion and he’s only 20 years old.
It’s no longer a case of ‘could’ he become the best right back in the world. It may no longer be a case of ‘will’ – he may already be the best in his position. Liverpool certainly wouldn’t swap him for anyone else.
What is for certain is that Alexander-Arnold is only going to get even better. He’s the most exciting young talent at the club since Steven Gerrard – and we can’t wait to see where he’s at in a year.
Getting even more from Liverpool
This is the enviable position of Liverpool. They’ve racked up 97 points in the league and won the Champions League, and yet there is obvious room for improvement from those already at the club.
Liverpool can get even more from players who are European champions. And that’s incredibly exciting.