Bookmakers have marked Manchester City down as their favourites to win both competitions. But what does that mean for Liverpool?
Should give up hope that we will never lift the 19th title or conquer Europe for the 7th time?
Not at all.
But it won’t be plain sailing from here on out. We still have one issue most pundits talked about last year: player fatigue.
Many comment how City’s squad has more depth than Liverpool’s and that gives them the edge. I wouldn’t disagree with the facts as Klopp tends to rest some of our key players the more involved we get with the Champions League. This is why we drew numerous games around February.
So what does the team need to do?
Begin using our substitutes as there is some great players warming the bench.
For instance, Xherdan Shaqiri is a great player who could help strengthen the midfield. Klopp has stated the Swiss midfielder will play an important part this season, but four games in and he has only had seven minutes of game time. This would not allow a player to change a game. If Klopp brought him on in the 65th minute, he could continue the press on the opponents.
We also need to invest in another striker come January as we cannot rely on the front three to stay in shape. With Klopp still hesitant to start Brewster, and Origi being more of a substitute starter, we don’t have a lot of options compare to City. The Reds need to invest in a player who can keep up with the front three’s dynamic.
Up to now, Liverpool are off to a perfect start but time will soon tell.