There may be undoubtedly an air of uncertainty round Anfield heading into the brand new season as followers surprise simply which Liverpool they are going to see in 2021-22 – the crew that unthinkably misplaced six league video games in a row at house, together with 5 with out scoring, between January and March this yr? Or the aspect that then went on a 10-match unbeaten run to by some means seal a top-three end in Might?
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp will little doubt be praying it’s the latter model and that his gamers can use the momentum constructed up from their spectacular finish to the earlier marketing campaign to get them off to an excellent begin this time round, starting at newly-promoted Norwich Metropolis on the opening Saturday of the season reside on Sky Sports activities.
One large Positive for Klopp and his gamers would be the return of full stadiums when the brand new season will get below approach on August 13, one thing the Reds haven’t skilled since being knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid at Anfield in March 2020.
One other equally vital change from final season so far as Klopp and his teaching employees are involved is the anticipated return to motion of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip.
That defensive trio all missed giant elements of the final marketing campaign by damage, however have since returned in preseason, though solely Matip is about to function within the early elements of the season whereas the opposite two work their approach again to full health.
Add in £36m summer time signing from RB Leipzig, Ibrahima Konate, and out of the blue Klopp has defensive choices to work with once more. This will even have the equally necessary knock-on impact of permitting the likes of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to be utilised of their favoured midfield roles and never as makeshift centre-backs.
In actual fact, the Liverpool boss could even have the posh of fielding his first-choice midfield of Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara – who’ve performed simply as soon as collectively up to now, at Everton final October within the match that noticed Van Dijk’s season prematurely ended.
Midfield is an space of concern, although, with the Reds nonetheless to switch Gini Wijnaldum following his summer time change to Paris Saint-Germain.
Stories counsel Klopp should first offload the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Sheyi Ojo, Divock Origi, Ben Woodburn, Neco Williams, and Loris Karius earlier than he can usher in most well-liked targets similar to Leicester Metropolis’s Youri Tielemans, or Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.
Nevertheless, even when sporting director Michael Edwards is unable to seek out patrons for these gamers, Liverpool ought to have sufficient energy in depth to make sure they don’t end subsequent season 17 factors off the tempo like final time.
Liverpool’s first 5 fixtures
Norwich Metropolis (a) – Saturday August 14, kick-off 5.30pm, reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League
Burnley (h) – Saturday August 21, kick-off 12.30pm
Chelsea (h) – Saturday August 28, kick-off 5.30pm, reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League
Leeds United (a) – Saturday September 11, kick-off 3pm
Crystal Palace (h) – Saturday September 18, kick-off 3pm
Liverpool’s summer time transfers
Ibrahima Konate – RB Leipzig, £36m
Georginio Wijnaldum – Paris Saint-Germain, free
Harry Wilson – Fulham, £12m
Marco Grujic – Porto, undisclosed
Adam Lewis – Livingston, mortgage
Sepp van den Berg – Preston, mortgage
Paul Glatzel – Tranmere, mortgage
Liam Coyle – Accrington, free
Joe Hardy – Accrington, free
Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin, undisclosed