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Liverpool season review 2018-19: Klopp reaches the pinnacle by winning the Champions League



Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy

Liverpool opinion: Liverpool 2018-19 season review – Klopp finally reaches the pinnacle of football

What a season Liverpool had as they won their first trophy under manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds had come close on several occasions to break Klopp’s duck but the German finally won the one trophy that had eluded him, the Champions League.

The 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid was the perfect manner to finish the season and it erased two sets of memories.

One was the loss in the final of the competition last season as Real Madrid won and the second was narrowly missing out on the Premier League title.

Liverpool lost the league by just one point despite amassing 97 in the season. They were beaten just once in the campaign, with Manchester City picking up the three points at the Etihad.

Next season is going to be another fantastic ride for us but there were several great moments from this campaign too.

Player of the season

Almost every Liverpool player was fantastic throughout the season or at least in chunks. Georginio Wijnaldum was excellent at the start and Sadio Mane kept scoring the goals when Mohamed Salah couldn’t.

The Egyptian still shared the Golden Boot with Mane (and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang). Alisson was an excellent signing while Fabinho came into his own in the second half of the campaign.

Our full-backs kept providing the assists throughout the season but Virgil van Dijk was on another level. The Dutch defender made it impossible to go past him and picked up several individual honours.

He was excellent in the Champions League final too, and the scary prospect for our rivals is that he is just 27 and will improve in the coming years.

Game of the season

This was a tough one to pick, thanks to several crazy moments in the season.

The win against Everton with Divock Origi scoring a late winner was one of the highlights of the season. The Belgian did the same against Newcastle to keep us in the race for the Premier League title.

The atmosphere at Anfield against PSG and Napoli were fantastic while we thrashed Arsenal 5-1 at home to prove our title credentials.

However, only one game stands out and that has to be the 4-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

Liverpool came into this clash on the back of a 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp but a brace each from Wijnaldum and Origi were enough to dump the Catalans out and there were crazy celebrations at Anfield that night.

The Champions League final was the bigger result given we won the trophy, but defeating Barcelona in the manner we did made us believe that the Champions League was coming home.

Player who failed to deliver

Liverpool didn’t have many players who did not showcase their ability this season, however, there was one star that just could not get going.

Adam Lallana is possibly the most technically gifted player we have in the team but his injury record over the past two years didn’t help him break into the side.

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana against Burnley

Even when he did, the former Southampton star looked out of sorts or rusty. Lallana gave it his all for the team this season but it just wasn’t enough as the rest of his teammates kept getting better with time.

Disappointment from the season

Nothing really, apart from missing out on the Premier League title. However, the Reds gave it their all, lost just one game, and City won the Premier League crown by a mere point.

Liverpool were excellent in the campaign and there is nothing that can be pointed out as a disappointment.

Goal of the season

There were two goals that stood out in the season given their importance in the league context.

Both came against Chelsea, with Daniel Sturridge scoring a late equaliser at Stamford Bridge and Mohamed Salah scoring the second with a rocket at Anfield.

Sturridge’s goal ensured we remained unbeaten at the start of the season and kept the pressure on Manchester City, while the second goal gave us hope that City will drop points later in the campaign.

The winner is Sturridge’s effort, just by a whisker, as the Englishman hadn’t played too many minutes before he walloped the ball home past Kepa Arrizabalaga with the seconds counting down.

Final words

Klopp had promised to win something with the club in four years and he achieved that with our sixth Champions League crown.

We pushed City for the Premier League crown all the way and will be back for a second stab at that title.

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That is the one trophy which Liverpool want more than anything else, and we seem geared up to fight hard for the Premier League when the season starts in a few months.

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European outfit demand €25m for 21-year-old Liverpool target



Sander Berge

Genk want €25m for Liverpool target Sander Berge

Sander Berge has been recently linked with Liverpool after featuring for Genk in the Champions League (h/t Express).

The 21-year-old Norwegian faced us twice in the Champions League and has also attracted the interest of other clubs.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato) claims that Napoli have made the 21-year-old their priority signing in the coming months.

Sander Berge
Sander Berge battles Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the ball (Image credit: Getty)

Napoli are facing a bit of a crisis in recent weeks with the players also facing off against club president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Berge came through the ranks at Vaalerenga and moved to Genk in 2017. The Belgians have slapped a €25million price-tag on his head and the report claims Napoli will make a move in January (h/t Calciomercato).

However, due to Napoli’s asking price, Napoli might shelf their move till the summer (h/t Calciomercato).

Berge is also a regular for the Norway national team, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move soon.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was seen speaking to the player after the Champions League clash at Anfield too (h/t Express).

Big decisions lie for Berge

Berge has to take the right decision regarding his future with first-team football a requirement too.

Napoli have done well in recent seasons despite making managerial changes in the past.

However, Liverpool have also handed chances to young players under Klopp, and we could do with more talents coming in the future.

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Liverpool have a couple of midfielders over 30 in Adam Lallana and James Milner and need to plan for a future without them.

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Boost for Liverpool as this defender’s knee injury might not be too serious



Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez’s England injury isn’t considered serious after knee scan

Joe Gomez’s time with England during this international break was cut short after injuring his knee in an accidental collision.

The Liverpool defender has seen a lot happen over the past week at the Three Lions camp. He was involved in a bust-up with Raheem Sterling which saw a cut appear below his right eye.

Sterling accepted his mistake in the bust-up but there was more to come. The Liverpool defender came off the bench against Montenegro and was booed by some sections of the England fan.

Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez in action against Montenegro (Image credit: Getty)

Gomez has had a tough time with Liverpool too as Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are ahead of him in the pecking order.

He did come on for the final few minutes against Manchester City, and we need all our players to be fit for the rest of the season.

Dominic King of the Daily Mail allayed some fears about the extent of Gomez’s injury.

The journalist tweeted about Gareth Southgate’s update regarding the 22-year-old and how it wasn’t serious:

Gomez’s injury troubles

The youngster has had his issues with injuries in the past too. Last season, the centre-back suffered a fracture in the win over Burnley and was out for almost six months.

His initial recovery didn’t go well and the youngster had to go under the knife. Liverpool had several problems in the centre-back spot then and fielded Fabinho in some games.

Joel Matip
Joel Matip has been excellent alongside Virgil van Dijk over the past 18 months (Image credit: Getty)

This season has also been tough on the defenders with Joel Matip suffering a problem too. The Cameroon centre-back hasn’t played for us since the 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

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That leaves us with just Virgil van Dijk and Lovren as the fit centre-backs, and hopefully, Gomez is not out for long.

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PSG want to pair this 19-year-old Liverpool target with Kylian Mbappe



Jadon Sancho

Paris Saint-Germain enter the race for Liverpool target Jadon Sancho

Paris Saint-Germain have also entered the race for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, according to the Express (h/t Daily Mail).

The report claims that Neymar could be on his way out of the French capital. PSG want to be at their best and are planning to pair Kylian Mbappe with Sancho (h/t Daily Mail).

Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho is a regular for the England national team (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool have been linked with Sancho recently (h/t Liverpool Echo) and the player would not be available on the cheap.

Big price on Sancho’s head

The 19-year-old has taken the Bundesliga by storm since joining from Manchester City.

Sancho is now a regular for the England national team and has a couple of goals for the Three Lions in this campaign too.

The English winger can play on either side and has four goals and five assists to his name for Dortmund.

Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

However, Dortmund are open to an exit in the next summer and could sell him for over £100m (h/t Daily Mail).

Sancho has also been singled out for criticism in decent weeks by Dortmund. The winger was also been fined and dropped for the clash against Borussia Monchengladbach.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the English talent in the summer. Liverpool could do with more attacking options to provide competition and cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

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However, spending over £100m certainly is a big ask even if we have spent huge on Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk recently.

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