Liverpool have only made two additions to their squad so far this summer. It’s starting to look ready for a title push, however.
Liverpool had a strange time over the last campaign. They finished 3rd, which was simultaneously a massive disappointment and cause for celebration.
Injuries completely ravaged their season, halting any title challenge by new year. At the same time, managing to string together enough wins for 3rd without any of your starting centre-backs or captain was quite incredible.
And it sets up an interesting season next time. The missing players will return, after all, and that should be enough of a boost for a title challenge. Especially with two additions already in the squad.
The Liverpool squad so far
Liverpool’s defence should be stellar. Alisson remains one of the absolute best in the world, while they should have four elite centre-backs to choose from.
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Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will return – hopefully as good as ever – while Ibrahima Konate joins from RB Leipzig. The Frenchman is a huge talent and ready to go right away. Nat Phillips, too, remains at the club for now. He’s certainly good enough to play a part.
There shouldn’t be a repeat of last season’s problems. Surely.
The full-backs are brilliant, of course. We might see more of Neco Williams and Kostas Tskimikas next season, too, if Jurgen Klopp feels more comfortable about using them.
But Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the best pairing on the planet. The latter’s form, in particular, was stellar to end the campaign.
Midfield looks exciting. Gini Wijnaldum will leave, of course, but that could mean more football for Curtis Jones. Next season really might be a breakout year.
The starring roles go to Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson, though. Fabinho was fantastic once he returned to midfield last season and Thiago was arguably the club’s best player to end the season.
We think he’ll only improve with time and the return of Liverpool’s captain. Henderson has an enormous impact on the team, improving everyone. In fact, the 30-year-old has only suffered two Premier League defeats in over two years when starting in midfield.
Both were away at Manchester City – the 2-1 in January 2019 and the 4-0 defeat the day after Liverpool won the title.
So the defence looks much better and the midfield is one of the world’s best. That leaves the attack – which does face questions.
Diogo Jota exceeded expectations last season and, hopefully, kicks on again. But both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane underperformed last year. That needs to change.
There was an overreliance on Mohamed Salah, who had a wonderful season. It’s why we imagine this is where Liverpool will invest next.
There will be one addition, though. Harvey Elliott will be included in the first-team squad, according to reports, which could bring some extra creativity.
All in all, though, Liverpool look ready for a title push. The defence should be back to something resembling its best, while the midfield looks truly elite.
The Reds just need a little more from either Mane or Firmino (or both) to really make them unstoppable. Or who knows? Maybe a new addition or two.
What’s for certain is that the squad is in great shape.