Jurgen Klopp has got Liverpool playing some brilliant, scintillating and fantastic football. The team has evolved a lot since his appointment and we don’t have a burly striker like Christian Benteke any more.
We now have electric wide-men that can score and create goals and have a striker that does more than just score, with Roberto Firmino running, tracking, tackling and blinding opponents with his dazzling play.
After the past two transfer windows, we have a decent enough defence with Virgil van Dijk in the team and also a midfield which could dominate the opposition, thanks to the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keita coming in.
Apart from the goalkeeping department, we have a pretty decent side and there is no doubt that more people would be joining in this season.
So what should Jurgen Klopp be thinking of next season?
Trophies, lots and lots of trophies at Liverpool.
Liverpool have not had a lot of luck in finals or winning trophies under a slew of managers. In fact, we haven’t won big trophies at all in recent times, with our last cup coming during the reign of Kenny Dalglish as we picked up the League Cup against Cardiff.
Truthfully, we haven’t looked capable of winning any silverware in the last decade or so but that has changed under Klopp.
The team is certainly miles better than what we had under Hodgson or even Dalglish and maybe it could be on par with that of Rafa Benitez’s but without the steel and mental fortitude that ensured we were able to shut out teams when we took a lead.
That seems to be what Klopp is working on now, given that we have stronger characters in the side. Van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho are players that look like they can add a bit of steel to the team.
However, for all the talk about Liverpool being a team that is on the up, there is nothing other than trophies that speaks about success.
This has to be the target for Klopp and the rest of the team next season. We have been growing steadily under the German and are one of the most fearsome attacks in the world of football.
Our attack can rip opponents to shreds but that final bit of luck is missing for us as we have not won a single final under the German manager, and I am not going to count any trophies won during pre-season.
There is always a fear that some of the bigger clubs in the world (Real Madrid and Barcelona) will poach our players and that only happens because we aren’t winning trophies.
Look at Manchester City or even that other club from the city; very rarely do players ditch that side and move to a “bigger” club because they challenge for laurels every season.
The only way to ensure Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane do not get their heads turned is winning trophies. Even if the trophy is the Mickey Mouse Cup (League Cup), we just have to get our hands on a trophy. Winning creates a different mentality in the team and only makes players hungrier for more success.
Of course, our need for a trophy should not distract us from the most basic requirement and that is a top-four finish at least.
We cannot think about a season without Champions League football as the competition brings in more revenue, helping us bring in some of the top talents from across the world.
I don’t care how we win the trophy; own goal, a deflected shot, a misfired shot that then starts a pinball in the opposition penalty box and somehow finds the back of the net, but I just want to us win a trophy next season.
I’m sure everyone would love this side to pick up some silverware soon and hopefully, we will be celebrating at the end of next season.