It is difficult to know exactly what to expect of Liverpool this season.
When you analyse this current team there are certainly several positives.
In Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have one of the best managers in the division, players like Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane would get into every other Premier League squad and they came through perhaps the most intense battle for the top four last season.
But then there are several niggling problems.
It was clear that Liverpool had a problem in goal last season which hasn’t been sorted over the summer, Klopp is also lacking a centre back or two as it will only take a couple of injuries for them to be really short and then there’s their worrying trend of failing to take maximum points from games they should be winning on paper.
Before the start of the season, the biggest concern for Liverpool fans is the future of Coutinho.
Barcelona are used to getting their man and there is a feeling that they are trying to bully Liverpool. The difficulty for the Catalan giants is that the Reds are under no financial pressure to sell.
Moreover, those behind the scenes at the club know that selling their best player will send out the worst possible message to Klopp who is trying to build a team that can challenge for major honours. Take Coutinho away and there’s a real chance that Klopp will follow shortly after.
It is imperative that Liverpool get off to a strong start. They cannot afford to fall too far off top four pace given that the standard of competition is even higher. But, the quality of this team is such that some early momentum could just make them major players in the title race.
- Loris Karius
- Simon Mignolet
- Kamil Grabara
- Nathaniel Clyne
- Jon Flanagan
- Dejan Lovren
- Mamadou Sakho
- Joe Gomez
- Ragnar Klavan
- Alberto Moreno
- Andrew Robertson
- Joel Matip
- Trent Alexander-Arnold
- James Milner
- Jordan Henderson
- Marko Grujic
- Sadio Mane
- Emre Can
- Ryan Kent
- Georginio Wijnaldum
- Philippe Coutinho
- Mohamed Salah
- Adam Lalana
- Lazar Markovic
- Roberto Firmino
- Daniel Sturridge
- Divock Origi
- Danny Ings
- Dominic Solanke
While this season can go one of two ways for Liverpool, there is next to no chance that they will finish outside of the top six.
There is room for improvement in all aspects of their play but Liverpool have one of the strongest squads in the division and there is no question that the players, management and fans are all pulling in the same direction.
While Tottenham have players talking about wanting bigger contracts and a home ground they’ve not enjoyed playing in, Liverpool have a tight knit squad and the support of one of football’s great stadiums.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will surely have to finish above Spurs for another top four spot and they look good value to do so.
Best Bets for the Season
Liverpool to finish above Tottenham at 11/10
Liverpool to get over 72 points at 5/6 with Bet365