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Your thoughts on the season to come - Prediction time

geebo

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Prediction- 2nd. Good CL run. I have a feeling we might do well in a cup too.

My personal desire - challenge for the title and beat Manc to it- win big ears, although I would be happy with just one of those two.
 

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A guy at my work (United fan-and actually from Manchester) just put money on us to win the title after signing Alisson. Im just so happy that it looks like we’ll be in the mix again. Great time to be a Liverpool fan!!
 

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We can't be entirely satisfied with 4th again. 3rd or 4th with a domestic cup win is the lower boundary for progress.
I think we'll have to be in the top two at Christmas and qualified for the CL knockout stage for me to say we're achieving our potential.
This coming season 2nd in the league is where the path taken with our summer signings leads us. I think Man City have one more season to lord it over us.
 

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A guy at my work (United fan-and actually from Manchester) just put money on us to win the title after signing Alisson. Im just so happy that it looks like we’ll be in the mix again. Great time to be a Liverpool fan!!
The bookies knocked half a point off our Premier League odds yesterday. We were 5-1 before the Alisson signing was confirmed but are only 9-2 now.

As for Europe, we’re seventh in the Champions League betting behind the “Big Six” of Man City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Our odds are generally 12s or 14s, although a couple of places offer 15-1.
 

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The bookies knocked half a point off our Premier League odds yesterday. We were 5-1 before the Alisson signing was confirmed but are only 9-2 now.
Never been interested in betting so 9-2 means that you have to bet 9 ponds to get 2 pond back, does not sound like a great deal.:shocked:
 

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Never been interested in betting so 9-2 means that you have to bet 9 ponds to get 2 pond back, does not sound like a great deal.:shocked:
It’s the other way round. The second number is your stake; the first number your winnings. You get the stake back as well, so £2 at 9-2 means you get £11 back (9 won, 2 staked) in total.
 

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A guy at my work (United fan-and actually from Manchester) just put money on us to win the title after signing Alisson. Im just so happy that it looks like we’ll be in the mix again. Great time to be a Liverpool fan!!
He'd rather have us winning it than City probably.
 

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The bookies knocked half a point off our Premier League odds yesterday. We were 5-1 before the Alisson signing was confirmed but are only 9-2 now.

As for Europe, we’re seventh in the Champions League betting behind the “Big Six” of Man City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Our odds are generally 12s or 14s, although a couple of places offer 15-1.
At the same time last year we were offered at 10/1 and City at 2-1 favourites. This time City are 8/13 on favourites but that will lengthen as the bookies see fewer takers.
 

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I see Spurs odds shortening to bring them ahead of Chelsea but my guess is that there will be more eye-catching (or head-scratching) moves in the transfer market from Sarri still to come.
 

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I think there is a danger of overblown expectations. The new signings will need time to get used to the EPL and their team mates. If we are 2nd or 3rd at Christmas and close to City I will be delighted.
And close means 10 points at the end of the season not 25!
 

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If Liverpool win in stoppage time to win the league, I'll name my next kid after whomever scores. It'll suck reversing the vesectomy but I'll do it. Having a daughter named Sadio will be worth it.
Might be an own goal.
 

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Well, the signings are everything I wished for and then some!

I personally don’t think we need a coutinho replacement. We need a little space in the squad for the likes of Solanke, Woodburn, Brewster to shine and develop.

We needed a goalie, defensive midfielder, another winger/attacking option and keita... all accomplished.

Kloppo needs to get them all to gel and click...

But Top 4 has to be a given, and really we should be challenging with at least a trophy on the side.

But wow, let’s get this show on the road.
 

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I still think City are the team in the box seat. Finish above them and we will have a very good shout of being Champions. Mourinho will play his pragmatic shite park the bus football so expect them to be nailed on for 3rd. Spurs will be interesting as they have bobbed about in the top 5 but apart from Leicesters title winning season never truely looked like they could win the title. And I think their keeper Lloris is just as suspect as Mignolet and Karius so 4th for me. Arsenal could be a dark horse with a new manager and new ideas. I think their best chance is unseating Chelsea for 5th. Think Sarri might struggle at Chelsea and this league. Could see them slip to 6th.

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Well, the signings are everything I wished for and then some!

I personally don’t think we need a coutinho replacement. We need a little space in the squad for the likes of Solanke, Woodburn, Brewster to shine and develop.

We needed a goalie, defensive midfielder, another winger/attacking option and keita... all accomplished.

Kloppo needs to get them all to gel and click...

But Top 4 has to be a given, and really we should be challenging with at least a trophy on the side.

But wow, let’s get this show on the road.
We also got Mo signing for a second successive season. He's happy, settled and hungry.
 

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Comparing the squad to the end of August last season;

Keepers: Massive upgrade (back up situation to be sorted).

Defenders: Due to Clyne's long term injury and VVD's delayed arrival we went through the first half of last season with 7. This time we have the same 7 plus VVD and Clyne, so are stronger. Matip is a concern, the injury record of others too, but as long as we keep this group intact we're fine there.

Midfield: normally I separate attacking midfield, but we've only one player there now so I'll lump it together. First half of last season we had 8 players - Hendo, Can, Milner, Gini, Grujic, Lallana (out until November last year), Oxlade, Coutinho. This season we have 7 players - last season's group less Can, Coutinho and Oxlade (for the season), plus Keita and Fabinho. If we loan out Grujic that leaves us with 6 for three positions. One or two injuries and we're back to last season's issues during the run in.

Attack: We had the front three plus Sturridge, Solanke and Ings as back up. This time we've Shaqiri too, plus Origi and Brewster to consider. We need to keep two on top of last season's three plus Shaqiri. Personally I'd seriously consider keeping Sturridge for his class off the bench and make up the numbers from the others.

Second half of last season we saw the issue in having an outfield squad of 20, we definitely need 22 or 23 outfield players who can genuinely be used.

So with a likely 9 in defence and 6 in midfield and 6 in attack, we're a player or two short in my opinion.

We've got a great best 11, decent defensive deputies, a superb first choice attack, a great midfield with presumably Keita pushing into the 8/10 area. But I think we're a player short in attacking midfield. I would have kept Wilson if we're not signing Fekir.

We are well set for a challenge on all fronts if we're lucky with injuries, I just wish we had the 5th signing to reinforce the attacking midfield area.
 

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Comparing the squad to the end of August last season;

Keepers: Massive upgrade (back up situation to be sorted).

Defenders: Due to Clyne's long term injury and VVD's delayed arrival we went through the first half of last season with 7. This time we have the same 7 plus VVD and Clyne, so are stronger. Matip is a concern, the injury record of others too, but as long as we keep this group intact we're fine there.

Midfield: normally I separate attacking midfield, but we've only one player there now so I'll lump it together. First half of last season we had 8 players - Hendo, Can, Milner, Gini, Grujic, Lallana (out until November last year), Oxlade, Coutinho. This season we have 7 players - last season's group less Can, Coutinho and Oxlade (for the season), plus Keita and Fabinho. If we loan out Grujic that leaves us with 6 for three positions. One or two injuries and we're back to last season's issues during the run in.

Attack: We had the front three plus Sturridge, Solanke and Ings as back up. This time we've Shaqiri too, plus Origi and Brewster to consider. We need to keep two on top of last season's three plus Shaqiri. Personally I'd seriously consider keeping Sturridge for his class off the bench and make up the numbers from the others.

Second half of last season we saw the issue in having an outfield squad of 20, we definitely need 22 or 23 outfield players who can genuinely be used.

So with a likely 9 in defence and 6 in midfield and 6 in attack, we're a player or two short in my opinion.

We've got a great best 11, decent defensive deputies, a superb first choice attack, a great midfield with presumably Keita pushing into the 8/10 area. But I think we're a player short in attacking midfield. I would have kept Wilson if we're not signing Fekir.

We are well set for a challenge on all fronts if we're lucky with injuries, I just wish we had the 5th signing to reinforce the attacking midfield area.
I'm with you on the lack of fit players issue towards the end of last season we dropped at least 9 points because of it. To add to the 10 pts at least we dropped at the beginning due defence and goalkeeper. You have Shaqiri a bit high up the pitch though. I may well be proven wrong but couldn't it be Klopp sees him as our 8th midfielder?
 

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It's time to win something....

While we're all still basking in the glorious CL run and the epic transfer window we've had, the club has made a serious statement.

The manager has been backed, now its time to deliver. With this squad we should expect at least a top 2 or 3 finish and a cup win.
The only question marks regarding the squad is perhaps the back ups for the front three and the gab in quality But I see that as a luxury problem rather than an actual problem. Klopp has spoilt us too much lately :-)

edit: it's amazing how on point Jurgen is in the transfer market. You can just tell how much the Owners trust him with the recent backing. Compare that to Rodgers time here with committees and all :rolleyes: Goes show how important it is to have a great manager.
 
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I’ll be happy if going into the last 6 game sof the season we’re still in with a chance of winning the league.

I don’t want to be one of these “i’ll Take top 4” people and watch us become the new arsenal but I’ll be happy with an improvement on last years 4th.

This season we HAVE to win a trophy in my opinion
 

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I think we'll finish in the top 2 and we won't be 2nd...

Tbh, I reckon this season will be a bit like 13/14 in the league. We'll be in it right to the end but will just fall short of City ultimately. 3rd will be a good 10 points behind.

However, we'll also do well in the CL (QFs minimum) and go deep in the domestic cups. I'd love for us to win the FA Cup, it's been too long.
 

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Like I said, I would jibb the domestic cups and play a mixture of the squad players not playing regularly and the top U23 in these. It would be a good grounding for them and with the luck of the draw they could get a handful of games.

Concentrate on the league and CL. Nearly 30 years without the title is far far worse than 7 years without a league of FA Cup.
 

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I'm with you on the lack of fit players issue towards the end of last season we dropped at least 9 points because of it. To add to the 10 pts at least we dropped at the beginning due defence and goalkeeper. You have Shaqiri a bit high up the pitch though. I may well be proven wrong but couldn't it be Klopp sees him as our 8th midfielder?
I agree Shaqiri will be useful as both a forward and maybe a 10 against certain opposition. He’s not a 10 against the best though, unless he massively ups his level.

For me in an ideal world we’d sign a quality 10 and another quality forward on top of what we have.

The front 3 plus Shaqiri and another quality wide man, with a striker back up such as Sturridge.

A quality 10 to take the midfield to 7 or 8.

That’s a title winning side.

At the moment we’re relying on no injuries and similar form in our forwards and midfield.
 



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Surely it's far to early to do predictions.

1st by 45 points
 

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I'll go for the treble ; PL , CL , and FA Cup. We'll just have to sacrifice the League Cup (too many games).
 

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Comparing the squad to the end of August last season;

Keepers: Massive upgrade (back up situation to be sorted).

Defenders: Due to Clyne's long term injury and VVD's delayed arrival we went through the first half of last season with 7. This time we have the same 7 plus VVD and Clyne, so are stronger. Matip is a concern, the injury record of others too, but as long as we keep this group intact we're fine there.

Midfield: normally I separate attacking midfield, but we've only one player there now so I'll lump it together. First half of last season we had 8 players - Hendo, Can, Milner, Gini, Grujic, Lallana (out until November last year), Oxlade, Coutinho. This season we have 7 players - last season's group less Can, Coutinho and Oxlade (for the season), plus Keita and Fabinho. If we loan out Grujic that leaves us with 6 for three positions. One or two injuries and we're back to last season's issues during the run in.

Attack: We had the front three plus Sturridge, Solanke and Ings as back up. This time we've Shaqiri too, plus Origi and Brewster to consider. We need to keep two on top of last season's three plus Shaqiri. Personally I'd seriously consider keeping Sturridge for his class off the bench and make up the numbers from the others.

Second half of last season we saw the issue in having an outfield squad of 20, we definitely need 22 or 23 outfield players who can genuinely be used.

So with a likely 9 in defence and 6 in midfield and 6 in attack, we're a player or two short in my opinion.

We've got a great best 11, decent defensive deputies, a superb first choice attack, a great midfield with presumably Keita pushing into the 8/10 area. But I think we're a player short in attacking midfield. I would have kept Wilson if we're not signing Fekir.

We are well set for a challenge on all fronts if we're lucky with injuries, I just wish we had the 5th signing to reinforce the attacking midfield area.
Good summary. What I'll add is that it also depends on formations used. If Klopp goes through the season with the 433 used last season, then we are indeed a creative central midfielder short in order to be sure to not be seriously hampered by injuries, and a further quality addition like Fekir would make sense as you state.

If Klopp reverts to 4231 for instance (his preferred formation at Dortmund during their most successful years), then it's slightly different, as I can see different players behind the nominal forward. Firmino could play behind Salah for instance, with Mané and Shaqiri on the wings. Shaqiri could also play in the centre behind a striker. He's as good, if not better in the center than on the right wing. Keita could play there as well by all accounts if we are short in this postition. We've seen yesterday night how he linked up well with Sturridge upfront.

That leaves four good central midfielders for the two deeper positions: Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Milner, assuming that Grujic goes out on loan again.

What I'll say is that we are still a bit short on the wings, especially the left wing. If Kent leaves on loan (seems likely), and Markovic doesn't play a role, then we are prone to be hurt by an injury happening to Mané.

But not everything will be entirely fixed this summer. Our quality in depth has vastly improved compared with last season, that's the most important thing to retain, and Klopp won't stop to improve the team after this summer.
 

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It’s pointless talking about where we’ll finish in the league. We can’t control what other clubs do, and if City have another 100 point season, there is little anyone can do.

I want us to land 85 points. I’d be happy with that, it should put us in the ball park of a challenge.