We did hammer Chester 7-0 in the first game of our pre-season and apart from Naby Keita and Fabinho being the talking points due to their debuts for the club, the attack has a big question mark regarding who remains at the club next season.
Our front three is more or less sorted with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all set to start next season on fire but just who will be covering them?
Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke seem to be the three players fighting it out for a couple of places on the bench but there is also a lot of chat going on about the younger players in the side such as Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster.
Bright sparks make it tough for Jurgen Klopp next season
The trio needs to be playing regular football in order to grow and progress, something that did not take place with Brewster and Woodburn last season.
Brewster picked up an injury which curtailed his campaign and there was a lot of talk about Woodburn going out on loan but nothing happened for the Welshman who had a fantastic campaign a couple of years ago.
Wilson was the one player that made a huge mark when he left for Hull City and because of his excellent form, a number of clubs are interested in signing the player up.
The problem with going away on loan is that it does not guarantee playing time for the youngster and that is something that we must include in any deal should either one of the three youngsters leave Anfield this summer.
Additionally, the problem with sticking to Liverpool would be a lack of playing time as Klopp would prefer to start with the best options and only look at the young players for cup competitions or for matches that don’t carry much importance.
However, we will have to keep at least one of the kids in the side as they would provide cover for our front three. It does seem likely that Wilson could be the man to break into our starting XI.
The youngster was on fire for Hull City last time around and could possibly have a bigger impact in the team than Dominic Solanke did despite being in and around the first team for numerous games last season.
Wilson’s meteoric rise has seen him play for the Welsh national side too and he even scored a goal in a 6-0 win over China, so he has the ability to play at the top level.
However, in recent years we have seen that keeping a player at Anfield without offering regular football does not work out all that well and that is the big decision Klopp has to make.
Keeping the players here will help them learn more about the Anfield way and what Klopp wants from the starlets as he looks to bring them closer and closer to the first team but this would also mean more reserve matches and less game time in clashes that count for more.
Sending them out on loan could also see them lose their edge and end up playing football that is not the Liverpool way and that would affect their chances of making an impact when they return.
This is a problem that is tough to solve but whatever happens, it will be important that all the players grow and reach newer heights rather than stick to their level and lose out on their chance of making it big at Anfield.
Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested
Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet
The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.
The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.
Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer
The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.
The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.
Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.
It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.
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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.
Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star
Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt
The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).
De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.
Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt
The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.
There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).
Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.
The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.
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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.
“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record
Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.
The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.
Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):
“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.
“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”
The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.
Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.
Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid
Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:
“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”
The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.
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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.