Last season saw Liverpool edged out in one of the Premier League’s most dramatic title races and although there was bitter disappointment at being pipped to the post by Manchester City, it was a blow that was undoubtedly softened just a couple of weeks later.
That’s because the Reds conquered Europe for the sixth time in their illustrious history and after their 2-0 win over fellow English outfit Tottenham in Madrid, it highlighted just how talented a group of players manager Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal.
While such are the options available to Klopp, it meant that there were no new major signings this summer and although some will point to that as a negative, there is also no reason to doubt the logic of the former Borussia Dortmund manager.
After once again becoming the dominant force in European football, it then asks the question as to just how you can keep improving what you already have and although there was no need for a revolution on Merseyside, some would have at least expected a form of evolution.
It’s an evolution that many will deem necessary for Liverpool to win the title and if you were to check out Premier League betting options on Betfair, you can understand why Manchester City have been placed as favourites to be crowned champions for the third time in succession.
Then again, perhaps the evolution has come in the way of getting rid of the excess and this is why both Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge were not handed new contracts and subsequently shown the Anfield exit door in the off-season.
In addition to that, there is also the concern that too many or even any new arrivals could disrupt the balance of a team and this is one of the major reasons why it was deemed unnecessary to open the purse strings this summer.
At this point, critics will look at this as a missed opportunity to challenge Manchester City once again but perhaps you only have to look at the team that Liverpool beat in the Champions League final, as an example of how cohesion can be of a huge benefit.
No-one gave Mauricio Pochettino any hope of success twelve months ago after the North Londoners failed to add any personnel and although they may not have lifted a trophy, they achieved far more than anyone would have expected.
With that in mind, we may even be witnessing something of a change in mindset and perhaps there will be an even greater value in coaching over the next few years, which in turn slows down the rate and level of expenditure in the Premier League.
If the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool can achieve great things, without having to buy new players then it may make the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice. Then again, maybe it shows just how good a pair of managers Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp really are, as they extract every last drop from their players.
Competition for Liverpool as European giants enter the race for 19-year-old sensation
Real Madrid enter race for Liverpool-linked Erling Haaland
Real Madrid are the latest European giants linked with RB Salzburg forward Erling Haaland, according to AS (h/t Sky Sports).
The 19-year-old has taken the football world by storm and scored a hat-trick in his Champions League debut this season.
Haaland found the back of the net in Salzburg’s 4-3 loss at the hands of Liverpool. The Norwegian has scored 18 goals from 11 games in all competitions, and has multiple hat-tricks to his name this season.
The son of former Leeds United striker Alf-Inge Haaland, Erling was born in Leeds and started his career at Bryne before moving to Molde and then Salzburg.
The youngster has also attracted the attention of Manchester United and Juventus, amongst other clubs (h/t Sky Sports).
Big move on the cards for Haaland?
The 19-year-old still has a lot to learn but is one of the brightest talents already. It will be interesting to see how he progresses this season with the Austrian side but the signs look good.
Salzburg are leading their league and are placed well in the Champions League too. Haaland could play a huge role as they try to land silverware this season, and a move at the end of the campaign cannot be ruled out.
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The 19-year-old isn’t the only impressive player in Salzburg’s ranks as we saw at Anfield, and we were a little lucky to escape that game with the win.
Liverpool respond to reports of paying Manchester City £1million over scouting issue
Liverpool don’t confirm or deny reports of paying Manchester City regarding a scouting issue
The Times (h/t Liverpool Echo) reported that an agreement was reached between the Premier League giants in 2013 after City found out that their scouting database was looked into.
The Liverpool Echo carried a statement from the Reds where they didn’t deny or accept the original report from the Times:
“Liverpool Football Club does not provide any comment on any allegations relating to legal agreements it may or may not have entered into with any other club, organisation or individual.”
Another battle between the pair
The two clubs were involved in a tight tussle in the 2013-14 season, with the Reds just missing out on the Premier League crown.
The pair was almost inseparable last season and we are leading the Cityzens in the league currently.
The rivalry between the two clubs has grown in recent seasons, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the Premier League this time around.
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The Reds also had a sizeable lead last season but City clawed back and won the title by one point.
Former Liverpool hero warns that Reds star’s form could dip later in the season due to this reason
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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