For Liverpool, 2020 was a whirlwind of a year and from a footballing standpoint, supporters will hope for much of the same in 2021.
With the Reds set to compete across three separate fronts next year, we have predicted where Jurgen Klopp will finish in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
Premier League: 1st
Liverpool’s season seemingly hinged on the events that followed the Merseyside derby on October 17.
Besides the result, Liverpool were left with an unjust feeling following the injuries to both Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara.
At the beginning of the season, if there was one player Liverpool could ill- to spend a sustained period on the sidelines, it was certainly the irreplaceable Van Dijk.
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The towering Dutchman has arguably been Liverpool’s most transformative signing of the modern era. To lose such a figure would undoubtedly leave a gargantuan void to fill.
It’s not an understatement, to say that such a loss coupled by the injury to Thiago, had the potential to totally derail Liverpool’s season.
However, the response from Klopp and his players has been nothing shy of inspiring and that is why we are backing Liverpool to retain their title.
In the nine league matches, Liverpool have been forced to cope without their chief organiser and defensive lynchpin, they have recorded seven wins, scored 23 goals and have conceded just six times.
Thiago has recently returned to training also and his influence in the New Year could make all the difference for Klopp’s English champions in 2021.
Champions League: Winners
Liverpool recently welcomed back Thiago, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri to the first-team picture on Wednesday. That’s huge news given none of them have played in weeks.
It immediately boosts the numbers in Liverpool’s squad, and let’s not forget the world-class injection of quality Thiago will bring.
This is a major boost and news that will see the Reds sufficiently stocked to go the distance in both the league and in Europe.
When everyone is fit, this is by far the best and deepest squad Liverpool have had in a very, very long time.
In fact, other than Bayern Munich, there isn’t another group of players that comes close to the armoury Klopp currently has at his disposal.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are both in turmoil. Paris Saint Germain have just sacked their manager and Juventus rely too heavily on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo.
If Liverpool are able to keep the bulk of their squad fit, there isn’t anyone Klopp and his players should fear in the competition.
FA Cup: Semi-finals
Liverpool’s recent injury boost could have major positive ramifications regarding the Reds’ FA Cup prospects.
Klopp’s squad had been decimated to its core in recent months. And in the midst of an injury crisis, we would have expected to put out the kids against Aston Villa in the third-round. That’s what he did last year, after-all, following a gruelling December period.
This time, though, Liverpool have coped well and December hasn’t been as challenging as recent seasons. And now Klopp has more options made available to him for the New Year.
With the likes of Milner and Shaqiri added to the equation, Liverpool have ready-made and experienced options to make an impact in football’s oldest cup competitition.
Klopp can afford to put out a strong team against Villa while still resting key personnel for the league. Liverpool won’t squander a shot at the FA Cup to easily this time around.