Liverpool can get a little boost to their Premier League title chances this summer. That’s if two fellow top-flight clubs hold strong.
Liverpool will hope to get their Premier League title back this season. They didn’t really get a fair crack at defending it last term.
Injuries tore apart the title-winning side and left Jurgen Klopp using reserve players in big games. Liverpool just completely lacked cohesion and consistency – two factors they built their success on.
But key players should return for next season. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are on course, while Jordan Henderson is back for England.
And if all else fails, Ibrahima Konate is here to ensure Liverpool have the depth to cover all but literally the worst injury crisis in history. Next season can be theirs once again.
But to do that, they must overcome their rivals – Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side jumped at the chance to take the title back in wake of Liverpool’s injuries.
They’ll hope to retain it next year, too, and if Liverpool are to stop them, they might require some help.
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It appears Manchester City are going all-out to boost their squad for next season. We like to think that’s because they see Liverpool as a threat. More likely, they just want to finally buy the Champions League trophy.
The Athletic claims City will try to sign both Harry Kane and Jack Grealish this summer. £100m each apparently doesn’t faze them all that much – they’ll make it work.
It’s wonderful team building. Find two of the league’s best players, then spend more money than any Premier League club ever has on each of them. Textbook.
But it does appear that City might not get their way. The Athletic’s report claims both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are reluctant to sell and may hold strong.
Liverpool should hope they do. Not because City won’t just go out and spend the money elsewhere – of course they will – but because they’d have to change their ideas. It would force the Reds’ rivals into a backup plan.
And that’s advantage Liverpool. Klopp’s team will almost certainly be their Plan A going into next season as no one expects too much change.
The Premier League title chances for Liverpool undoubtedly look better in this situation. One where City have to take a chance on a plan they didn’t want to go with. There’s more room for things to go horribly wrong.
It’s a shame that the title race comes down to this, of course. It shouldn’t hinge purely on money and having to hope £200m is spent in a subpar way. But that’s what it’s come to now.