Liverpool fans can expect three certain players to be even better next season. The Reds should improve even without further signings.
Curtis Jones will hopefully be on a list like this every year for the next four or five seasons. He’s still only 20 and his development has been rapid.
Just one year ago, Jones was considered one for the future who gets games here and there when little is on the line. Now he’s an established part of the squad.
You can have faith in him to take the game to any opponents and hold his own. We saw that against Manchester City last term.
But really, his overall game was just outstanding for a player of his experience. As we outlined here, he’s a wonderful replacement for Gini Wijnaldum and he’ll only get better.
We’re very excited about Jones. He’s a star in the making.
Diogo Jota was a revelation last season. Yes, Liverpool paid £41m for him but we didn’t expect him to have such a quick impact.
Jota ended up with 13 goals in all competitions for Liverpool – their second-most. And that was despite battling injury concerns all season.
He only actually played in 19 Premier League games, starting just 12. The result was nine goals and we think that’s a fantastic figure in a debut season, all things considered.
Jota is still just 24, too. He’s got room to grow and in a second, hopefully injury-free campaign, we’d back him to kick on even further.
Thiago is the player we’re most excited about. His performances towards the end of last season were outstanding and that’s a sign that he’s only going to get better.
The Spaniard has a difficult debut campaign, in truth. He kicked it off with a long-term injury and by the time he returned, the team was in dissaray.
Thiago found himself playing holding midfield a lot or simply playing in a central trio that didn’t mesh correctly. And this is coming at a time when the team is struggling and he’s trying to adapt to a new style.
But as time went on, Thiago got better. Fabinho’s return to midfield proved a catalyst to getting even more out of him, too.
We fully expect all of that to carry on into next season. Thiago will be even more comfortable with the team and returning players should only make it easier for him.
We certainly haven’t seen Thiago’s best yet.