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5 reasons why Liverpool fans should be optimistic about next season

Things didn’t go to plan for Liverpool last season but there’s a lot to be optimistic about for the next one. Here are five reasons fans can look forward to 2021/22.

Fresh start

Liverpool have a clean injury slate! It’s the first time in a long, long, long time but the Reds don’t have much to worry about.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all in the Reds’ pre-season squad, suggesting they’ll be fit for the August start. And with that, there should be none of last season’s terrible defensive problems.

Add Ibrahima Konate into the mix and Liverpool can be very confident that their debilitating problems are a thing of the past.

Harvey Elliott returns

Elliott is one of the brightest prospects in football right now after a stellar season with Blackburn Rovers. Now the 18-year-old is back at Liverpool and ready to step up into the first-team squad.

Given his rapid development so far, it’s easy to see Elliott contributing next season. He should bring a new spark to things and we couldn’t be more excited to see how he develops.

Thiago gets going

We can’t wait to see Thiago playing next season. He was slow to get going in his debut campaign – but understandably so. The squad was a mess and he didn’t get to play his preferred position until the final few months.

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But when he did, Thiago was imperious. We expect him to get even better with the likes of Van Dijk and Gomez behind him. Thiago really could kick Liverpool onto another level.

Got to get better

We find it impossible to believe that Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino won’t improve next season. They struggled badly in front of goal last year, creating a reliance on Mohamed Salah.

But despite their poor form, Liverpool still finished 3rd. Any sort of improvement from them – and it’s coming – should push the entire team on.

Best in the world

Reason no.1 for Liverpool fans to be optimistic next season? This is still arguably the best squad on the planet.

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When fully fit, they won the lot and even last season showed just how good they are. Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk in October, Joe Gomez in November, and still topped the table at Christmas.

They played out February through May without any of their centre-backs or their captain, yet still finished third. There should be little doubt that this is still a magnificent group of players.

And when they’re all back together? We’ve got them down as firm title favourites.

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