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Liverpool 2019-20 season preview – Time to land the big trophy

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Liverpool opinion: 2019-20 season preview – Liverpool finally break their PL duck?

The feeling around Liverpool seems positive, but we have been here before too. The Champions League win in June ended a tough season on a high and was a fantastic reward for all the hard work done.

Jurgen Klopp has built an incredible team and finally won his first trophy as Liverpool manager, but it could have been sweeter.

Missing out on the Premier League crown by a single point will continue to hurt, especially after we lost just one game in the season.

Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy
Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy

Liverpool bagged 97 points, had the best defence, two of the top scorers in the league and still missed out on the title.

That should be the aim for Klopp this season, and our performance in the Community Shield final proves we are still a fantastic side, even without any new first-team additions.

Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg could feature at some point in the season but the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be a huge boost for us.

Adam Lallana looks fit and Naby Keita also looked good in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City. They need to stay free from injuries and they could provide us with that extra something we missed in some games in the previous season.

Liverpool aren’t broke, so there isn’t a need to fix anything. The manager has seen the Reds grow in every season under him, and there is no reason to assume why a similar trend won’t take place next season.

Player to watch – Rhian Brewster

Letting Daniel Sturridge leave in the summer was a tough call given that he was fit for most of the campaign last season, but it seems there are high hopes on Rhian Brewster.

The English youngster missed major parts of the previous seasons due to injuries, but looked great in pre-season.

Rhian Brewster

The 19-year-old should play for the first-team at some point this season and could be the one to score some crucial goals.

Surprise
performer – Adam Lallana

No need to throw the brickbats here, but Lallana could be a star in the deeper role.

The English midfielder has had a torrid time with injuries and only started five Premier League games in the previous campaign.

Adam Lallana

The former Saint is still one of the most technically gifted footballers we have in the squad, and if his passing range is topnotch, he can find a new lease of life in the Liverpool midfield.

Of course, all this depends on him staying fit and hopefully, he does not turn out to be the next Daniel Sturridge.

Top scorer –
Sadio Mane

Salah has been excellent for the Reds over the past two years but last season, we saw Sadio Mane bag some important goals.

The former Saint was bagging some crucial goals when Salah was on a dry run, and he is one of the most dangerous attackers due to his pace and movement.

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane

The Senegal international also took his team to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations and was one of the Premier League’s top scorers in the previous campaign.

Salah looked dangerous against Manchester City on Sunday, but Mane could just edge out his fellow African in the goalscoring charts

Cup performances

The FA Cup and Carabao Cup journeys didn’t fare all that well last season with early eliminations but things could be different this time around.

The Reds might still rest some of their stars in the domestic competitions, but we could win one of the two crowns, possibly the Carabao Cup.

The Club World Cup should be an easy win if we play to our potential, and that tournament only adds two games to our schedule.

Liverpool lift Champions League trophy
Jordan Henderson lifts the Champions League trophy

The UEFA Super Cup is tough to predict against a new Chelsea under Frank Lampard but we should be the favourites for this one-off game too. The Champions League journey was fantastic last season and there is no reason why we cannot reach the final once again.

Can we keep our title? This is a tough question, especially if we end up facing a resurgent Atletico Madrid or a Manchester City who are hungry to put us down.

League
performance – Champions

We were close last season and that journey should have made us stronger for the upcoming campaign.

City might have won the title but they aren’t a young team, with the likes of Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and David Silva all in their 30s.

Virgil van Dijk

They lost captain Vincent Kompany too, while most of Liverpool’s players are in their prime.

Our rivals have spent more on certain positions but we have kept our stars, and they look good for the title. We cannot afford cheap draws like last season, and Klopp will certainly get his team to the top.

Top four prediction

1) Liverpool

2) Manchester
City

3) Tottenham

4) Arsenal

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Former Liverpool hero warns that Reds star’s form could dip later in the season due to this reason

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Latest Liverpool news: Barnes warns Mane’s form could dip later in the season

Sadio Mane has been a machine for Liverpool over the past two seasons. The Senegal star was involved in the World Cup, played almost every game for us last season and then took the national side to the AFCON final.

Barely three weeks after the final, he was back at Liverpool and came off the bench to face Norwich. Mane has bagged three goals in his last two games and should feature for us against Arsenal at the weekend.

Former Liverpool star John Barnes claims that Mane is in fine form due to a lack of rest for the attacker, and we could pay for that later in the season.

Barnes was speaking to the Sport Review and claimed that Klopp would be able to manage this situation (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Maybe one of the reasons Sadio Mane in fine form is because he’s fitter than everybody else because he hasn’t had the time off, which he could pay for later on in the season, come Christmas time.

“But I’m sure that Klopp will be able to manage that situation.”

Liverpool’s over-reliance on their forwards

Klopp has rotated his midfield several times over the past two seasons but isn’t afforded the same luxury when it comes to the forwards.

Roberto Firmino only missed games when he was injured in the previous campaign, while Mohamed Salah also played in most of the games.

Liverpool have Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi as cover for the pair, but they aren’t on the same level as the African stars.

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Salah and Mane are extremely durable, given the number of games played over the past two years, and they seem to be performing at a high level and barely look tired.

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“I don’t want to talk about it”: Klopp refuses to confirm if Liverpool star’s future is at Anfield

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp doesn’t confirm Lovren’s future at club

Jurgen Klopp was speaking to the press ahead of the weekend clash against Arsenal.

The German touched upon a range of topics from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to Alisson and Naby Keita’s injuries.

There was some transfer talk during the conference as Klopp was asked about Dejan Lovren’s future.

The Croatian has been linked with a move away in the summer (h/t Calciomercato) and Liverpool cannot buy a player until the winter window.

The European transfer window closes on 2nd September, and Klopp was not going to share any details regarding Lovren’s future (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“No comment on Lovren. A potential transfer or not, I don’t want to talk about it.”

Liverpool need to keep four quality centre-backs

Losing Lovren now would be a big blow as we would only have three recognised senior centre-backs until January. This is a risk that Klopp should not take and hopefully, we can keep hold of the Croatian until the end of the season.

Lovren is fourth-choice at the club, thanks to the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez but should feature in some of our cup games this season.

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Klopp has always been coy with regards to players coming in or going out of the club and hopefully, we aren’t left to rue Lovren’s sale this month.

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Liverpool open case regarding transfer of 20-year-old attacker to Serie A club

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Latest Liverpool news: Adekanye given reprieve as Liverpool dispute transfer

Bobby Adekanye left Liverpool in the summer to join Lazio in the Serie A. The former Barcelona and Ajax youngster left on a free without making a senior appearance for the Reds.

However, Liverpool believe that the Italians broke the rules to sign the Dutch attacker and opened a case that could have seen the 20-year-old not play for Lazio in the season opener, according to Calciomercato.

Bobby Adekanye

Bobby Adekanye

FIFA have acted upon this complaint and announced that the youngster has been granted a reprieve and can play for Lazio against Sampdoria in the first game of the season (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that the youngster can feature for Lazio until the dispute is completed, and Adekanye could feature for the Eagles on Sunday.

Adekanye struggles to break into the senior side

The attacker has come through the ranks of several quality academies in his short career but he was never able to impress Jurgen Klopp enough to feature in the first-team.

The youngster didn’t feature much in our pre-season this summer and Klopp already has quality wingers in the first-team at the moment.

Impressive youngsters such as Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent can’t break into the side either, with both players spending time away on loan last season.

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It would have been difficult for Adekanye to feature for the senior side this season and hopefully, he gets more games at Lazio.

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