Almost 3 decades after the English Premier League format was birthed, the red half of Merseyside remains the only big and historical side yet to clinch a top flight title, and with another season fast approaching, the Reds faithful will once again – for what seems like the umpteenth time, dream of seeing the trophy held aloft at Anfield come May 2018.
With Gerrard’s infamous slip back in 2014 still fresh in the memory, Liverpool’s close shave with the title back then remains a huge hint as to why they might be nearing a first ever Premier League victory, and it could happen next season if the club endeavours to put some things in place.
In Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool boast of one of the astutest tactical geniuses around in world soccer, and the 2-time Bundesliga-winning manager is without a doubt capable of piping other favorites to the trophy if he ticks all the boxes in his 2nd full season at the club.
Already armed with a solid starting XI that didn’t lose (5 wins, 5 draws) against a top 6 side in the last Premier League campaign, getting a quality crop of backups will be pertinent if they are to successfully challenge for the title and on other fronts next term.
That must be Klopp’s priority as the squad-depth factor was all that separated Real Madrid from all and sundry in 2016-17. With injuries and fatigue constant stumbling blocks when a lot of games are involved, a capable 23 as opposed to 11 is more suitable.
Quality players come at a cost nowadays, and that is why it is reasonable to see Klopp baulk at huge transfer fees like Pogba’s having successfully spent a combined £62 million on Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Loris Karius, Alex Manninger and Ragnar Klavan last summer, however, breaking the bank will need to come handy in the seemingly unending EPL title pursuit for Liverpool next term if they want to give themselves a chance against the Richie Richs of England.
The Mancunian clubs are already on a spending spree in recent weeks, and it’s all towards the Premier League-winning cause. The competition is about to get crazier come August when the first ball is kicked, and Liverpool can’t afford to be left behind with a thin squad unable to play gegenpressing week-in week-out for a football business year.
Furthermore, the facelift Liverpool have undergone under the German tactician is impressive, but without a plan B approach and often against teams willing to soak up all the pressure and possession, they find victory hard to come by as evident in cheap losses to the likes of Burnley, Bournemouth, Hull and Crystal Palace last season.
Failing to win their small battles almost cost them a Champions League spot for a 2nd successive campaign under Jurgen, and those unnecessary points dropped were the difference between the Reds and Blues at the end of the day.
If he’s going to deliver on his promise to add more silverware to Liverpool’s trophy cabinet, then things must take a whole new different approach next term as it takes more than just managerial talent to celebrate with 700,000 Liverpudlians on a parade bus.
Klopp’s Liverpool are genuine title contenders as they come, but they must prove their credentials the way champions do. If that’s done, a slip will never stop them from storming to a first ever English Premier League title.