Jurgen Klopp will be looking to build on last year’s bitter disappointment and win the Premier League title which his club craves for desperately. Liverpool have not made a significant signing but their manager has made it clear that he expects Lallana and Chamberlain, both of whom suffered severe injuries last year, to add a spark this year.
It is fair to say that Liverpool will suffer the most as a result of the international commitment of their stars. Most notably, their fearsome frontline will not be fully sharp by the time the season starts. Brewster and Origi are the only recognized strikers available and the onus will be on them the lead the lines till Mane and co return. The rest of the squad is pretty much the same and any success this year will require their best performers from last year to produce the same level of football which brought them success last year.
Liverpool expected formation
Klopp has rotated players during their pre-season tour and they are yet to win a game. Origi has played as the number in most of the matches and that is how they are likely to start their season. Klopp might be forced to rush his stars back but that will have consequences as the season goes on. Trent Alexander seems to have more of a voice on the field and has been the designated set piece taker on their tour. Once he has his full complement of players, Klopp will employ his usual 4-3-3 cum 4-2-3-1 variation with the same intensity and defensive solidity. And of course, Klopp’s preferred front three would be Mane, Firmino and Salah once they return to full fitness. Origi has limited time to make a claim for the striker spot before Firmino returns. Despite his Champions League heroics last season, it’s hard to see becoming a regular starter.
Sadio Mane last time out had a very strong season and became an important part of the Liverpool attack. His speed and direct play makes him a nightmare for defenders. Salah and Firminho had a quiet year for their own high standards and will hope to improve once again. Van Dijk’s importance cannot be overemphasized but the problem will be to find a center back partner who can stay fit and consistent through the season. Trent and Robertson provide the basis for Liverpool’s style of play and the club doing well will depend on them. Liverpool’s central midfield did lack creativity and flair at times and Klopp will expect players like The Ox and Naby Keita to step up this season.