Well, that was exciting wasn’t it? Sometimes, you see a club having a rollercoaster season and you can just tell that everybody involved is having an absolute ball. That was definitely Liverpool this year.
Alright, they “only” finished 4th and didn’t even win a trophy. But they played some sensational football, Jurgen Klopp was partying with fans at 6AM, they beat Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City three times, they had an unforgettable Champions League run; and their front three is arguably the planet’s best.
But can they go one better next season? Twitter never tires of joking about how next year is ALWAYS Liverpool’s year. But could next season really be different? They’re already the 2nd best side in Europe, why not the best side in England too?
Well, firstly… Overhauling Manchester City will be a massive task. They won the league at an absolute canter, amassing an unprecedented 100 points, 106 goals, and lost only twice all season. Even their Goal Difference was plus 79!!
The punters clearly fancy Guardiola’s men to spend big to try and defend their title once more, with the best offer of 4/6 available with William Hill for the Citizens to reign supreme once more.But as Liverpool showed when beating them twice at Anfield, and then once at the Etihad too; the blue half of Manchester aren’t totally invincible. On their day – Klopp’s men really can beat anyone, so placing a bet on them is a good idea.
They’ve started their Summer transfer business early, already snapping up Fabinho and Naby Keita from Monaco and Red Bull Liepzig. Both will add some long-overdue extra midfield bite and physicality, a key area where Liverpool struggled against ‘lesser’ opponents this season. (I’m looking at you; literally whoever Sam Allardyce will “rescue” next year).
Fabinho can also play at Right-Back, adding some much-needed versatility for when the injuries inevitably strike. Before Alexander-Arnold’s sensational form post-Christmas, it was a real position of concern for the Reds.
And no matter how sympathetic we are to Karius’ suspected concussion on that fatal Kiev night, everyone knew they needed a new Goalkeeper anyway. For once, Jurgen needs to be completely ruthless and permanently solve the problem.
David de Gea has won countless points on his own for their Manchester rivals this season – the Kop needs and deserves its own version. The links with Roma’s Allison just won’t go away, could he be the man for the job?
We know that Klopp’s war-chest could go a long way if he spends it wisely. £142m from selling Coutinho, plus £70m from reaching the Champions League final, isn’t a bad start. Having Van Dyke for the whole season will be a massive boost too. Can Liverpool finally combine consistency with their electrifying quality?
If anyone can catch Man City next season, it’s the red half of Merseyside. The bookies clearly agree, installing them as second favourites to win the league next season. We think 11/2 with 10Bet and SportPesa represents decent value, especially if you go Each Way.