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.
Only success can guarantee more success
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.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.
Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:
“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.
“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”
Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.
The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.
“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”
Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.
We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.
It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.
Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.
Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.
The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.
Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.
The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.
Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.
The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.
Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.
Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.
Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.
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