Here are five lessons Liverpool learned in 2020. The Reds enjoyed a whirlwind year that goes down as one of the biggest in their history.
They’re not invincible
We’ll start with a somewhat negative one. Liverpool learned quite quickly this year that they’re an entirely invincible side.
But then, it says a lot that they had to learn that. Their record in 2019 was absolutely stunning, barely failing in a single game. In fact, they’d dropped just two points by the time 2020 rolled around.
The Reds suffered some bizarre setbacks this year, though. There was the 3-0 defeat at soon-to-be relegated Watford. The Champions League failure against Atletico Madrid.
We had the 4-0 defeat at Manchester City (admittedly, we’d just won the title) and then the 7-2 against Aston Villa.
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In a historic year, Liverpool got reminders that they can never relax.
Okay, on to the fun stuff. This year we got to see that Curtis Jones is a superstar in the making.
He began the year with a sensational winner to knock Everton out of the FA Cup. He ends it as a regular first-XI player.
Quite a year from the 19-year-old. Jones just keeps getting better at a rapid pace and he’s set to be a part of things for a long time.
This was a breakout year for him and we’re incredibly excited.
Liverpool signed Thiago this season. It was the first time that the Reds have ever secured a proven player that good – a world-class talent at the peak of his powers.
That’s a huge lesson learned, then. Liverpool can tempt the world’s best to Anfield. We’ll see where that takes us in future years but Thiago is an example the Reds will use for a few years.
A huge signing that promises a lot both now and for the future.
Strength in depth
We saw an injury crisis rip through Liverpool over the first half of this season. The squad was very lucky last year, in truth, but it all came crashing down this campaign.
Virtually every single first-team player has had a spell out. How remarkable, then, that Liverpool still sit at the top of the league.
It’s a sign of fantastic strength in depth. Liverpool have called on youngsters and backup players to wonderful effect.
We’ve seen the rise of Jones, of course, while Diogo Jota shocked everyone after his arrival. Rhys Williams has looked like a promising option, while Fabinho is a world-class centre-half – who knew?
If Liverpool do go on to win the title, they can thank a sensational squad. It’s not simply a great XI.
They can do it
Liverpool waited 30 long years to win the Premier League title. We’ve seen them come close several times, with some sensational teams.
But this was the year that Liverpool proved that they could be champions of England once again. That monkey is long gone.
It should be a weight off the club but also a jolt of immeasurable confidence for every player and coach at Liverpool.
They are one of the world’s best and can win it all. They finally proved that and it’s undoubtedly the biggest of all the lessons learned of 2020.