Liverpool haven’t signed many players this summer but that doesn’t mean they won’t improve next season. Here are five players who ensure they’ll get better.
Kostas Tsimikas is the only senior signing this summer. A backup left-back may not be the most exciting addition to a title-winning squad but he is an important one. For one, it hands Jurgen Klopp a ‘complete’ squad for the first time.
Fortunately, though, Tsimikas doesn’t need to be a sensational signing. Liverpool will improve on their own next season, thanks to players already at the club. Here are five we think standout.
In some ways, Minamino is the star name here. He’s had nine months to prepare for this season, having initially arrived in January. And we saw those nine months in action as he came off the bench in the Community Shield to bag an equaliser.
Minamino should give every fan a reason to be excited. He barely played a part last year but he already looks at it for this campaign. He even looks ready to play a key part in a new system for this season.
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No, he’s not technically a new signing. But compared to last season, Minamino is undoubtedly a new threat.
Williams won’t be a first-team star this season and we wouldn’t expect him to change too many games. He is a teenage full-back, after all.
But what he brings in squad rotation could prove invaluable. Trent Alexander-Arnold should benefit the most – the pressure is off him and he can rest when he needs it.
So even if Williams isn’t the one winning the plaudits, his addition in the squad could be game-changing for others.
We’ve just mentioned him but it’s well worth pointing out that he’s going to get better next season. The newly-crowned PFA Young Player of the Year is still (somehow) only 21 – he’s nowhere near his prime.
Thus we can take one thing for granted every year over the next few seasons – Alexander-Arnold will be even better.
Especially with cover behind him for the first time in his senior career. We should see a better, fitter Alexander-Arnold and that’s a terrifying thought for every other side.
We don’t think the teenage Williams will have too many decisive moments next season. Curtis Jones, on the other hand, very much will.
Jones can score goals and wreak havoc from midfield. Liverpool don’t really have another player like that – maybe Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but Jones appears to have a higher ceiling.
We don’t know exactly how good Jones will be next season but we can certainly say that Liverpool will be better with him in the squad.
One drawback on this one is that we’d have said the same thing last year. But Keita really does feel like a better player this year. His form towards the end of last season was the best we’ve seen from him.
If he can kick on and deliver in the new campaign, too, he’ll be a fantastic threat that Liverpool didn’t have last year. But that depends on him carrying his form over.
Keita has always struggled with form and injuries. They interrupt his form and prevent him from being a truly top player. This year, though, he can hopefully get over them once and for all to finally become the player Liverpool wanted.