Here are the two things Liverpool need to do to win the Premier League title.
Liverpool fell short of one point in the last Premier League campaign. In defiance of 97 points, the Reds finished second in the league to Manchester City, who had one more point more to brag about their fourth English top-flight title in eight years.
In the face of bagging 198 points over the last two seasons, Pep Guardiola has signed Rodri and Angelinho, while a deal for Joao Cancelo looks imminent. On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp has only signed former West Ham shot-stopper Adrian as a backup goalkeeper to Alisson Becker following the departure of Simon Mignolet to Club Brugge.
The Anfield faithful are pinning their hopes on the stroke of luck in the upcoming season because of the lack of backups to Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson. The attacking and defensive stars of the left-hand side made 98 appearances combinedly last season.
The Champions League triumph ineluctably adds Super Cup and Club World Cup – accounting to three games. The prospect of taking part in the Club World Cup is a monumental task because of the fixtures piling up during the Christmas time. Henceforth, a backup would have done no harm, but Klopp is obstinate about what Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri bring to the table, alongside the young Rhian Brewster.
Every team needs the luck to win trophies and it is no different for the Citizens. There are no second thoughts about the fortune required for Liverpool to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title once again. However, Jurgen Klopp could lead Liverpool to glory if he slightly mutates his persona in the upcoming season.
#1 Midfielders must lessen the burden of full-backs
Most of the team’s creativity is hingeing from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson through the flanks of either side. Jurgen Klopp has engraved his side in this process to unfasten the opponent’s defence. Majority of the sides – trying to diffuse full-backs creativity have successfully failed. They were part of the side which conceded the least in the Premier League and contributed 30 goals to the final third last season. Thereby, scepticism surrounding the manipulation of this talented duo should never be considered.
When the opponent forwards aim to suffocate Trent and Robertson, either James Milner or Georginio Wijnaldum tends to sit back alongside the centre-backs – providing insurance for the full-backs to roam around freely. When the Liverpool academy graduate was watching his side play from the sidelines for three weeks, defensive and attacking balance got hindered because of the scantiness of artistry from the midfield department – which had just 16 goals and 15 assists in between them.
With Naby Keita and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain in station, goals are anticipated from the middle of the park. The likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Georginio Wijnaldum should also upper their goal tally to ease the burden on the full-backs.
Liverpool’s system is a class of its own and incomparable from other sides implementing the different methodology. At one point of time, there will be obvious absentees – influencing Jurgen Klopp to forge a new strategy. The manager needs to procure points in some way or another and midfielders must be compelled driving forward and play a helping hand in goal tally.