Liverpool will, for the first time in 30 years, be starting the season as defending champions. The Reds have been utterly rampant in the last two seasons, amassing an incredible 196 points, dropping just 32 in the two campaigns. Having not spent much in the summer window, many are wondering how they can keep up performance levels. Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool can retain the title but only if they keep key players fit.
A record breaking title win
Liverpool romped to victory in the Premier League last season.
Jürgen Klopp masterminded one of the most convincing title wins in history, at one point opening up a 25 point lead at the top of the table.
The German solidified his position as the best coach in the world by winning the league in record time and having spent nothing during the summer window.
Ferdinand backs Liverpool
Speaking to TeamTalk, Rio Ferdinand backed Liverpool to retain the Premier League title.
The Manchester United legend believes the Reds can pull it off but it would be down to one key factor, he said:
“No one can say Liverpool had a freak season because they finished so far ahead of their rivals, but they did have one big factor on their side that they cannot guarantee going forward.
“The key for them has been having their key players fit for the best part of two seasons. It has been massive and what we have yet to find out is how they will cope if they are to lose a few big names for an extended period.
“Virgil van Dijk has played nearly every game for two seasons and it’s hard to keep that going. Mo Salah has been fit for all the big games and so has Sadio Mane….if they can continue to keep those players fit, I don’t see Liverpool being stopped this season.”
What RTK has to say
Rio Ferdinand backing Liverpool comes as no surprise, he is a sensible man with a solid knowledge of the game – his judgement is unclouded by rivalries and allegiances.
The ex-United defender does have a good point though, if the Reds can keep everybody fit then this season shouldn’t be much different from the last.
However, if key players start to come up with injuries then the club could have a task on their hands.
The fringe players aren’t of the same standard as those at other clubs, where we have academy prospects other teams have World Cup winners.
As long as the medical team can do their job, Jürgen Klopp’s red machine should keep marching on.