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Is Top 4 A Reality For Liverpool Next Season

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By Patrick Rees

Battling their way back into the top-four will be the main objective for the Merseyside club Liverpool. The Anfield’s spectators face a torrid time, but maybe those days are gone. Liverpool’s ‘Normal One’ (Jürgen Klopp) has brought a sense of optimism into the veins the players as well as of the fans as he prepares himself for his new season with the Reds.

So far, Klopp has done a fantastic job in terms of the transfers. He made Marko Grujic his first signing in January. The 20-year-old Serbian international spent his remaining time of the season with the Serbian side Red Star, and now, he will be returning back to the Merseyside club. The German then signed the former Schalke defender Joel Matip to fill the void of outgoing defenders Kolo Toure and martin Skrtel. Klopp then went on to buy the German shot-stopper Loris Karius to give Mignolet a run for his money. And very recently, he has completed the signing of the former Southampton midfielder Sadio Mane.

The 24-year-old is expected to replace Adam Lallana in the Liverpool’s starting XI. With a defeat against Sevilla in the Europa League final, Liverpool blew their chance away to qualify for the Champions League, but this might prove to a blessing in disguise as the German can assess his squad with a great ease. The midweeks’ fixture cause congestion and that disturbs the regular routine for the manager. Liverpool have one of the youngest squads in the Premier League, and the German is expected to do wonders with them.

As I said earlier, the German has done an incredible job so far in the transfer market, but still, there are certain areas where Liverpool needs an upgrade. The first and the primary position is Left Back; Liverpool do have Joe Gomez for the position, but buying a permanent option to replace Alberto Moreno will only benefit the side.

After that, Klopp needs to sign an experienced central midfielder, who could complement Emre Can on the field and could also complement the pace of Coutinho, Firmino, and Mane and for that, Grujic is certainly not an option (no offense). They do have Henderson and Allen, but we all know that Allen is on the verge to leave Anfield and Henderson has his regular affairs with injuries.

Besides those areas, Klopp will have to find a perfect centre-forward, who could be trusted blindly. Sturridge is surely a well-trusted servant of Liverpool, but he is a threat when he is fit and that is something a very rare sight. The side did buy Benteke to end the misery, but the Belgian failed badly to live up to the expectation, and now, he might also leave the side.

Top four finish for Liverpool is certainly possible, but for that to happen, Liverpool need few more world class additions in the transfer window. The arrival of Conte, Guardiola and Mourinho has already made the Premier League tougher than ever, and to compete those giants, Klopp will have to work more.