Your thoughts on the season to come - Prediction time

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As some of you know, I have had a difficult 8 months for personal reasons. To top it off, I woke this morning to find that someone had smashed my car window to steal my gym bag (along with my favorite cross trainers that Nike no longer manufactures). Surely that has to be a bottom for me. I am so due. Consequently, I declare that on the back of my suffering, we are going to win everything this year. You can thank me now or later.
Same here mate. The past 10 months for me have been a shocker, particularly the first 5 months of it. So we are both due a good Liverpool season that ends in the title. Hope you're getting through you stuff as well as you can do.

My heart and head does think we can win the title. We've had the strongest squad in years. World class manager. Optimism is sky high.

It will be tough to topple the team who got 100 points last season. My hope is that:

1. Teams figure them out a bit this season and get some incidence as opposed to existing in a state of pure fear. We've proved they're not only beatable but thrashable.
2. They do what quite commonly happen when a team wins major silverware and drop off their intensity the next time round.

It is a big job and we're definitely not favourites for the title but we will give it a good go I'm sure and at the end of the day you never know what's in store for the future.
 

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This time around I actually fancy us to pick up as many as 50 points at home and also win at least 10 away matches in the league. Add a few draws and that will put us around the 85 point mark. Will it be enough for the title? I doubt it. Citeh won't get 100 points again but nor do I expect their total to dip much below 90 this time around. Hope I'm wrong on that score.

In terms of the opposition, I'd say we are easily capable of doing the double over 13 of them. The rest of our top six rivals and the bitters being those who have the capability of stopping us walloping them twice (the bitters being included in this list as they only have a two match season so should be quite fresh). Of course we'll have the occasional off day but I reckon they'll be fewer and further between than they have been in the most recent two campaigns.

What is imperative for us is to avoid the sequence of iffy results which almost derailed our previous two campaigns. Last season the spell bookended by the spankings at Citeh and Spurs saw us win just once in six matches while the season prior to that saw us pick up just one win in seven league matches during January and February. We must pick up results more consistently next season. I'm confident we will though.

Questions have been asked as to whether Salah can possibly score as many goals again. I reckon it actually doesn't matter that much. What we will be is a much sterner proposition defensively so Salah won't need to be as ridiculously prolific as he was last time around. Would be great if he was. A back five of Alisson, TAA (or Clyne), Lovren, Van Dijk and Robertson protected by Fabinho are not going to be shipping too many daft goals or too many goals per se. That just gives the opposition another problem to worry about in addition to trying to stop us scoring.

Last season we conceded 16 goals in the first 9 matches and then 12 in the next 14. We finished off by shipping just 10 goals in the final 15 league matches (the point from Van Dijk's debut onwards). The additions of Alisson and Fabinho can only help. Last season was the first time since Rafa left that we had conceded fewer than 40 in a league campaign. This season I expect it to be no higher than the 30 mark. Probably the biggest problem we will face is trying to smash our way through plenty of parked buses. This is where Keïta and Shaqiri could well prove to be invaluable acquisitions.

COME ON YOU REDMEN! MAKE US DREAM!
 

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all jokes aside like in my earlier post in this thread,
here are my thoughts, on the season ahead

I would love a season like last season, although I would like 1 change (obviously)

I know we were thumped by spurs 4-1, man city 5-0,
didn't beat, or do well against the other top 6 teams,
got knocked out of the domestic cups early,
lost Coutinho,
and didn't win anything….

But we Spanked Spartak 7-0,
We Malled Maribor 7-0 away from home,
We Pummelled Porto 5-nil away in the champ league,
We eh..........................

took the piss out of City 5-1 over 2 legs in the champs league,,

then ravaged Roma 7-6 in the semi final of the champ league,
who only scored when Salah came off, or through OG's or dodgy penalties!

So for me give me as season like the last,

Cos the build up, to the seasons end was...…..

was worth all the negatives that we had through out the season!

The only change from last season I would make would be a Champs League Trophy rather than a runners up.

It is within our grasp, LFC have prooved it,

Lets do it

Make us fans proud,

Give us that moment where we can walk into work,
with our chest out proud, knowing we are LFC,


Allez, Allez, Allez….
 

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I think we will finish 3rd, a trip to Wembley, and another impressive run in the CL.
No one knows how long it would take Fabinho, Keita and Alilisonto adapt.
It took Firmino almost 2 season to really shine, De Gea first season at UTD was abysmal, and there is a long list of players who simply didn't.
Factor in that there is no way Salah will repeat his last season, and we have'nt got a true replacement to Coutinho.
I think to expect a huge leap in results compared to last season is a bit of gamble. Realistcly, we should expect improvement, how much ? I would advise being cautious.
 

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Think it'll be a three horse race for title, us and the mancs. Too many changes going on a CFC, AFC and THFC for them to challenge.

We could just easily finish third as first. We have the numbers and quality in depth to do it, but we don't yet know if the players have the mental fortitude to go winning week after week with very few hiccups. This is obvious but to win the league we have to come close to emulating City's form of last season. It's not impossible and I think we will be in the running come the end of the season.

A cup or two would be nice, too.

Keita for everybody's player of the season.
 

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This time around I actually fancy us to pick up as many as 50 points at home and also win at least 10 away matches in the league. Add a few draws and that will put us around the 85 point mark. Will it be enough for the title? I doubt it. Citeh won't get 100 points again but nor do I expect their total to dip much below 90 this time around. Hope I'm wrong on that score.
The problem with City is that they are in that groove where teams aren’t bothering to try against them. 12 teams in this league are walking out against them with the goal being don’t get hammered.

They got 100 points, but I’m convinced they’d have got a few less than that had teams actually given it a go.

I watched City a few times last year and saw teams making defensive changes to try and see out a 2-0 loss.
 

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The problem with City is that they are in that groove where teams aren’t bothering to try against them. 12 teams in this league are walking out against them with the goal being don’t get hammered.

They got 100 points, but I’m convinced they’d have got a few less than that had teams actually given it a go.

I watched City a few times last year and saw teams making defensive changes to try and see out a 2-0 loss.
That's exactly what happens. It's the dividend of being a top team, but applies more to the best team.

Conversely, when you have a weak point it encourages teams, hence why people still thought they could get a result against us due to our defence and tendency to implode late on. They're also encouraged because they know they can pretty much do anything they like, handle the ball in the area, bring down our players, and we still won't be given a penalty. At City, they'd concede a penalty.

The loss of Coutinho has mostly taken away our ability to break the deadlock from free kicks and create space when faced with tight defences. That's why we need that type of player, or at least someone similar level to the main forwards, so an opponent sees such as player coming on when they're getting tired and gets dispirited.

I am pleased with the business we've done this summer, but I do think we could have really gone for a top quality forward to give us that extra edge.

We've taken a gamble on Shaqiri being the main forward signing, when really he should have been the second forward signing.

I think we're a player away in that forward group. The front three, plus Shaqiri, Sturridge and one more quality players is the group we need to properly prosper IMO. We better not sell Sturridge though, as Solanke, Ings and Origi offer nothing.

I also think we should have upgraded Matip whilst he was fit, as no way is Gomez ready to be the main back up in a serious contender.

People talk about full back, but Moreno is ok as cover for Robbo, playing in our best 11 with a proper DM and VVD with Alisson behind. If he's calamitous, we can use the left footed Klavan at left back and operate as a sort of back three with TAA bombing on down the right.

Left sided centre back is fine with VVD and Klavan as cover with Lovren able to play there. Right back is ok as Clyne will be a decent right back defensively, once fit, even if not so much offensively. But for me right sided centre back is the issue, thought we can shift VVD over and play Klavan if we need to.

To be honest, I'm bracing myself for the club to do something madcap, like sell Clyne and Gini at the last minute.

We've just about got enough in defence if we keep the 9 we have, given how injury prone some are. We've got an excellent central midfield group if we keep the five of them.

We can use Gini or Milner as attacking midfielders as an alternative to Lallana, who IMO shouldn't be the main '10' in a side with so much quality elsewhere.

But we're missing something and having lost Coutinho, Can and Oxlade from this time last year, and having added four outfield players, we've not yet gone deep enough.

I still hope we sell Ings, Origi, Markovic and Migs and sign someone else.
 

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That's exactly what happens. It's the dividend of being a top team, but applies more to the best team.

Conversely, when you have a weak point it encourages teams, hence why people still thought they could get a result against us due to our defence and tendency to implode late on. They're also encouraged because they know they can pretty much do anything they like, handle the ball in the area, bring down our players, and we still won't be given a penalty. At City, they'd concede a penalty.

The loss of Coutinho has mostly taken away our ability to break the deadlock from free kicks and create space when faced with tight defences. That's why we need that type of player, or at least someone similar level to the main forwards, so an opponent sees such as player coming on when they're getting tired and gets dispirited.

I am pleased with the business we've done this summer, but I do think we could have really gone for a top quality forward to give us that extra edge.

We've taken a gamble on Shaqiri being the main forward signing, when really he should have been the second forward signing.

I think we're a player away in that forward group. The front three, plus Shaqiri, Sturridge and one more quality players is the group we need to properly prosper IMO. We better not sell Sturridge though, as Solanke, Ings and Origi offer nothing.

I also think we should have upgraded Matip whilst he was fit, as no way is Gomez ready to be the main back up in a serious contender.

People talk about full back, but Moreno is ok as cover for Robbo, playing in our best 11 with a proper DM and VVD with Alisson behind. If he's calamitous, we can use the left footed Klavan at left back and operate as a sort of back three with TAA bombing on down the right.

Left sided centre back is fine with VVD and Klavan as cover with Lovren able to play there. Right back is ok as Clyne will be a decent right back defensively, once fit, even if not so much offensively. But for me right sided centre back is the issue, thought we can shift VVD over and play Klavan if we need to.

To be honest, I'm bracing myself for the club to do something madcap, like sell Clyne and Gini at the last minute.

We've just about got enough in defence if we keep the 9 we have, given how injury prone some are. We've got an excellent central midfield group if we keep the five of them.

We can use Gini or Milner as attacking midfielders as an alternative to Lallana, who IMO shouldn't be the main '10' in a side with so much quality elsewhere.

But we're missing something and having lost Coutinho, Can and Oxlade from this time last year, and having added four outfield players, we've not yet gone deep enough.

I still hope we sell Ings, Origi, Markovic and Migs and sign someone else.

I’d like to think that when Klopp says we’re done, he means it like Karius is his number one, he’s giving Ward a chance, we’ve ended our interest in Van Dijk and he’d never spend Pogba money on a player.

I’m not sure I agree about Coutinho. He could be a tremendous attacking threat, capable of unlocking a game by doing the ridiculous. But he’d often be the main culprit when we were struggling against a parked bus, by demanding the ball and just lashing pointless shots into Row Z. We were a more potent attacking force in the second half of the season without him, and the addition of Keita is only going to improve that further.

But I agree that we still need a creative link player - from a depth perspective if nothing else. It’s interesting that following the collapse of the Fekir deal, there have been zero links to anyone else at all. I still suspect we’re sniffing round this one, only on terms that are less of a risk to us. Or Klopp has done his ‘sticking with what he’s got’ thing, maybe even looking to use Sturridge in that position (I would love this, until getting my heart broken again). Or it could be something complete non footy related like we’re trying to arrange specialist insurance for him or something.

Regarding the front three, I think there is a conscious plan not to put someone in Brewster’s pathway. The club seem to really believe in the lad, so I’d expect him to get lots of time on the pitch.

Completely agree that it would be daft to sell Clyne or Moreno. Especially with Gomez, Matip, Lovren, and Van Dijk (although not for us) not having the best attendance records.

The other wilcard in this is how ready Klopp feels some of the youngsters are. Woodburn and Solanke look like they need loans to me. But with Brewster or even Curtis Jones - who has looked excellent in pre-season - Klopp might feel they can make a contribution.
 

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I’d like to think that when Klopp says we’re done, he means it like Karius is his number one, he’s giving Ward a chance, we’ve ended our interest in Van Dijk and he’d never spend Pogba money on a player.

I’m not sure I agree about Coutinho. He could be a tremendous attacking threat, capable of unlocking a game by doing the ridiculous. But he’d often be the main culprit when we were struggling against a parked bus, by demanding the ball and just lashing pointless shots into Row Z. We were a more potent attacking force in the second half of the season without him, and the addition of Keita is only going to improve that further.

But I agree that we still need a creative link player - from a depth perspective if nothing else. It’s interesting that following the collapse of the Fekir deal, there have been zero links to anyone else at all. I still suspect we’re sniffing round this one, only on terms that are less of a risk to us. Or Klopp has done his ‘sticking with what he’s got’ thing, maybe even looking to use Sturridge in that position (I would love this, until getting my heart broken again). Or it could be something complete non footy related like we’re trying to arrange specialist insurance for him or something.

Regarding the front three, I think there is a conscious plan not to put someone in Brewster’s pathway. The club seem to really believe in the lad, so I’d expect him to get lots of time on the pitch.

Completely agree that it would be daft to sell Clyne or Moreno. Especially with Gomez, Matip, Lovren, and Van Dijk (although not for us) not having the best attendance records.

The other wilcard in this is how ready Klopp feels some of the youngsters are. Woodburn and Solanke look like they need loans to me. But with Brewster or even Curtis Jones - who has looked excellent in pre-season - Klopp might feel they can make a contribution.
The readiness of youngsters is something that only time will tell, Klopp judged TAA's readiness perfectly and hopefully there are a couple who can break through. It's always easier for them to develop when the team is doing well. I think TAA benefitted from the 'Fab Four' being so in form in the first half of last season, taking a bit of the pressure off defence and he really kicked on second half of the season after the 'blooding' in the autumn (when he made a few mistakes).

Deciding whether to loan them for rapid development or see if they can contribute this season is the conundrum. I see the case for Solanke and Woodburn going on loan, but we have to find clubs where they'll play a lot. Grujic could do with a season in the PL as his next step. I hope Brewster comes through and Sturridge as a kind of mentor might be useful for him.

My main concern is we could easily have 3 or 4 injuries on the go at a time with the group we have, and with 20 senior outfield players (the nine defenders, five central midfielders, Lallana as AM, five forwards with Sturridge), that takes us down to a weakened bench and reduced rotation.

Plus, at the moment I'm struggling to see where the rotation up front comes from the weekend after Champions League matches.

Given that we lost three outfield players who were definitely in the 14 or 15 rotatable best 11 options, and have signed four, I think we're one attacking midfield / forward signing away from the perfect summer.

We can then look at a few defensive squad player upgrades next summer.

I just think this season we have to step up and kick on. We can recognise the areas that need to be addressed in subsequent windows, like back up defence, but we shouldn't be living with issues that can affect our ability to do well in the Europe and the PL.

Addressing the keeper was key, having more quality and legs in midfield was too, but the forwards and attacking midfield really does need just a bit more.
 
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The readiness of youngsters is something that only time will tell, Klopp judged TAA's readiness perfectly and hopefully there are a couple who can break through. It's always easier for them to develop when the team is doing well. I think TAA benefitted from the 'Fab Four' being so in form in the first half of last season, taking a bit of the pressure off defence and he really kicked on second half of the season after the 'blooding' in the autumn (when he made a few mistakes).

Deciding whether to loan them for rapid development or see if they can contribute this season is the conundrum. I see the case for Solanke and Woodburn going on loan, but we have to find clubs where they'll play a lot. Grujic could do with a season in the PL as his next step. I hope Brewster comes through and Sturridge as a kind of mentor might be useful for him.

My main concern is we could easily have 3 or 4 injuries on the go at a time with the group we have, and with 20 senior outfield players (the nine defenders, five central midfielders, Lallana as AM, five forwards with Sturridge), that takes us down to a weakened bench and reduced rotation.

Plus, at the moment I'm struggling to see where the rotation up front comes from the weekend after Champions League matches.

Given that we lost three outfield players who were definitely in the 14 or 15 rotatable best 11 options, and have signed four, I think we're one attacking midfield / forward signing away from the perfect summer.

We can then look at a few defensive squad player upgrades next summer.

I just think this season we have to step up and kick on. We can recognise the areas that need to be addressed in subsequent windows, like back up defence, but we shouldn't be living with issues that can affect our ability to do well in the Europe and the PL.

Addressing the keeper was key, having more quality and legs in midfield was too, but the forwards and attacking midfield really does need just a bit more.
The Oxlade-Chamberlain situation is such a shame, because not having him for the season probably nudges us from we can manage to we really need another attacking threat.

I think there are two midfields, the solid one - which is Fabinho, Keita and Hendo. We’re probably using that against the top six-eight and a few away games where we thing the opponents are going to have a go. And the the one that sacrifices a bit of quality for greater attacking threat. In that situation, right now, we’re probably taking out Hendo or Fab and dropping in Lallana or maybe even Sturridge.

For that second midfield, a player like Fekir becomes really important. He could be the one that drops in, or he slots into the front three and Mane drops back.

So hope we’re looking at someone.
 

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The Oxlade-Chamberlain situation is such a shame, because not having him for the season probably nudges us from we can manage to we really need another attacking threat.

I think there are two midfields, the solid one - which is Fabinho, Keita and Hendo. We’re probably using that against the top six-eight and a few away games where we thing the opponents are going to have a go. And the the one that sacrifices a bit of quality for greater attacking threat. In that situation, right now, we’re probably taking out Hendo or Fab and dropping in Lallana or maybe even Sturridge.

For that second midfield, a player like Fekir becomes really important. He could be the one that drops in, or he slots into the front three and Mane drops back.

So hope we’re looking at someone.
Oxlade was also a very real option for the front three too, so very much a shame.
 

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Best 1st XI since 1990 at least, decent squad options. We should be looking to get to 85 points as a minimum, after that who knows?
 

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The Oxlade-Chamberlain situation is such a shame, because not having him for the season probably nudges us from we can manage to we really need another attacking threat.

I think there are two midfields, the solid one - which is Fabinho, Keita and Hendo. We’re probably using that against the top six-eight and a few away games where we thing the opponents are going to have a go. And the the one that sacrifices a bit of quality for greater attacking threat. In that situation, right now, we’re probably taking out Hendo or Fab and dropping in Lallana or maybe even Sturridge.

For that second midfield, a player like Fekir becomes really important. He could be the one that drops in, or he slots into the front three and Mane drops back.

So hope we’re looking at someone.
I agree, he brought options which I was all for. He could have brought different feel to the midfield and also different formations.

4-4-2 diamond, 4-2-3-1 also fits. Heck even putting him in a 4-3-3 ahead of Fabinho and Henderson might have some merits for certain opposition teams. A midfield of Fekir, Keita and Fabinho also might have been interesting.

It wasn't to be, but given that I fully expect Lallana and Henderson to have injury issues I am concerned about depth as well.
 

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My thoughts are all about progression, I can't see Man City being better than last year, the reason that it is a record is that it is so difficult to achieve and it took them til the 3rd minute of injury time on the final day.

The aim should be to win the thing and win every trophy we are involved in. If I feel we've tried our hardest which I felt we had last season, I will be happy. City might lapse badly and so 85pts is enough, so setting targets on points and places is a folly. I'd love to see some silverware, get that removed from Klopp's neck.
 

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We were questioning signing Ox, and he turned out to be crucial. Keita will bring somwthing different to the mix as will Shaqiri.
I am an optomist so I reckon we win the league and FA Cup with a decent CL run.
 

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My expectations are that we challenge for the league, and finish top 2-3. Make a deep run in CL. And, finally win at least one trophy, whether that be (in order of preference) PL, CL, FA, or Carabao. The big spending we've seen over these past 2 windows is, I think, a clear acknowledgement by both Klopp and ownership that the time for winning things is now.

Man City are going to be a tough club to overtake, but they must fall back to earth a little after last season, and we should be able, with a similarly potent attack and less vulnerability at the back, be able to improve our points tally by a good margin.

I still think we're a little bit light in terms of depth and being able to challenge on all fronts simultaneously.

Attack: Shaqiri gives us a better 4th option than we had in the latter half of last season, when our first option coming off the bench was Solanke or Ings. The annual siren's call of a fit and firing Studge as an option is out there again, buyer beware, though I'm pulling for him... to NOT pull any more muscles. Still hoping for maybe the Fekir deal to get done here, to make up for the loss of Phil. Mo, Bobby, Mane, Shaq, Studge, Solanke, Brewster.

Midfield: As others have said, right now we've basically replaced Can and Ox with Fabinho and Keita. Keita is better than anyone we've had in midfield since the era of Gerrard/Xabi/Masch, so that's an instant upgrade (nothing against Ox, and prayers that he makes a full recovery and can become the same player again that he was evolving into this past season). Over time, I think Fabinho will prove better than Can, but whether that will happen right away remains to be seen. So, overall, we have the same depth with Hendo, Gini, Milner etc filling out the ranks.

Defense: The addition of Virgil and Alisson have clearly strengthened us overall, and for the first time in ages, it seems like we're legitimately 2 deep at both fullback positions. But, after Matip pulling up in the Dortmund game, and Lovren being on post-WC vacay, we're suddenly looking at Gomez and Klavan getting some game time in the early season until Dejan is back and ready to go. I think for us to challenge, the Lovren partnership with Virgil has to truly flourish, and Gomez needs to take a big step forward in his development as a CB. Meanwhile, Alisson gives us a clear #1 in goal, but now we have a bit of a quandary as to who will be the #2. Ward is sold, and both Migs and Karius are, it seems, very unhappy at being back ups. Still think Migs, while having the most PL experience, just doesn't fit our style, and should be sold. I feel truly bad for Karius, who was having an excellent 2nd half of the season until Sergio F-ing Ramos gave him the forearm shiv in the CL final, and now he just looks like a lost soul out there. I'd want to keep Karius around to rehabilitate him, but am worried that even if he gets into a cup game against some 3rd or 4th tier side, as soon as he bobbles a shot or flaps at a cross, the fans will be merciless. We may need to bring in a veteran goalie willing to be a #2 for a season or two.
 

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My expectations are that we challenge for the league, and finish top 2-3. Make a deep run in CL. And, finally win at least one trophy, whether that be (in order of preference) PL, CL, FA, or Carabao. The big spending we've seen over these past 2 windows is, I think, a clear acknowledgement by both Klopp and ownership that the time for winning things is now.

Man City are going to be a tough club to overtake, but they must fall back to earth a little after last season, and we should be able, with a similarly potent attack and less vulnerability at the back, be able to improve our points tally by a good margin.

I still think we're a little bit light in terms of depth and being able to challenge on all fronts simultaneously.

Attack: Shaqiri gives us a better 4th option than we had in the latter half of last season, when our first option coming off the bench was Solanke or Ings. The annual siren's call of a fit and firing Studge as an option is out there again, buyer beware, though I'm pulling for him... to NOT pull any more muscles. Still hoping for maybe the Fekir deal to get done here, to make up for the loss of Phil. Mo, Bobby, Mane, Shaq, Studge, Solanke, Brewster.

Midfield: As others have said, right now we've basically replaced Can and Ox with Fabinho and Keita. Keita is better than anyone we've had in midfield since the era of Gerrard/Xabi/Masch, so that's an instant upgrade (nothing against Ox, and prayers that he makes a full recovery and can become the same player again that he was evolving into this past season). Over time, I think Fabinho will prove better than Can, but whether that will happen right away remains to be seen. So, overall, we have the same depth with Hendo, Gini, Milner etc filling out the ranks.

Defense: The addition of Virgil and Alisson have clearly strengthened us overall, and for the first time in ages, it seems like we're legitimately 2 deep at both fullback positions. But, after Matip pulling up in the Dortmund game, and Lovren being on post-WC vacay, we're suddenly looking at Gomez and Klavan getting some game time in the early season until Dejan is back and ready to go. I think for us to challenge, the Lovren partnership with Virgil has to truly flourish, and Gomez needs to take a big step forward in his development as a CB. Meanwhile, Alisson gives us a clear #1 in goal, but now we have a bit of a quandary as to who will be the #2. Ward is sold, and both Migs and Karius are, it seems, very unhappy at being back ups. Still think Migs, while having the most PL experience, just doesn't fit our style, and should be sold. I feel truly bad for Karius, who was having an excellent 2nd half of the season until Sergio F-ing Ramos gave him the forearm shiv in the CL final, and now he just looks like a lost soul out there. I'd want to keep Karius around to rehabilitate him, but am worried that even if he gets into a cup game against some 3rd or 4th tier side, as soon as he bobbles a shot or flaps at a cross, the fans will be merciless. We may need to bring in a veteran goalie willing to be a #2 for a season or two.
I pray that Sturridge remain sound all season because he's one of the best forwards once healthy. If he remain sound we would need one more top class forward on the team. Figure a sound Sturridge, Shakiri and another forward should provide depth for us up front. We probably could get Brandt at a fair price. In midfield we could use two more quality midfielders and two defenders. We have Alisson and hopefully Mignolet stay to be out backup or we will have to bring in another. If we can do what I suggest I have no doubt that we'll win the premier League. Truth is I want to win in style. Gaining over 100 pts.
 

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These days I had a talk with a german 14 years old boy who lives in Fulham and supports Chelsea. He was very familiar with PL football and answered my question who will win the PL this season: Liverpool or Man City.
If he is right we are at least runners up.
 

Ahmed Hussain

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We win everything we compete in!. Realistically I reckon a final in the league cup, semis in the champions league, second in the premier league, and win fa cup
 

Gone Kloppo

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I'm going to be a typical fence sitter and say 'it depends'. Winning things is about luck- mostly being in the right place (form) at the right time. Injuries play another huge part. No team can cover losing their best players. And i can't think of a team that has gone on to win the league for example with injury problems to their best players. Starting the season well will also be a factor. Most teams have had a very interrupted preseason, and i think that gives a huge advantage to the bottom half of the table. I don't think we can just throw our best players in now and everything will click. That's why i think the start of our season will be very important. I wished things were running smooth with our preseason games but it's been spluttering along in truth. If we start well with some wins then I'll be very happy. But its also possible we face some early draws and i hope our direct rivals face the same fate.

If we start the season with a few wins then that will help ease my doubts. What i can say is that we finally have a team where i think we can challenge each year for a number of years. Whether we win one or not during that time relies a great deal on things falling our way, like it does for every champion.
 

vjcpatriot

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Here are my predictions for Liverpool FC in the upcoming season:

Goals Scored 90+ (previous 84). With the addition of Fabinho and Keita, Liverpool's midfield gets a huge injection of talent. With better supply from the midfield, I predict our forwards will capitalize and our terrifying attack becomes even better in the 2018/19 season.

Goals allowed 30 (previous 38). This is the one huge area of improvement that I expect after the signing of Alisson Becker. Liverpool's defence had already been trending in a positive direction with the addition of VVD. But now that we've added a truly class keeper, I expect Liverpool to roll out with one of the top 4 defences in the entire league in 2018/19.

Points in the league. 88 (previous 75). The improvement/evolution of the offense combined with a stark improvement in the defence will yield a significant uptick in points earned in the League. This defence is spearheaded by an aggressive yet calm keeper in Alisson, and a cool headed monster of a defender in Van Dijk. The front 3 is already seen as one of the best in Europe and will just continue to get better as they become more familiar with each other and get added support from the improved midfield.

Now on most years, 88 points should win you the league title, but this is a league that includes record breaking Manchester City. I don't think they'll reach 100 points again. That was an anomaly where all the cards fell in their favor last year. They still will be very, very good however. The question is how will they react to a legitimate title contender breathing down their backs?

Liverpool is unafraid of City. They have beat them in numerous head to head battles last season including in the League as well as in the Champion's League. If there is one team that threatens City's dominance, can face them head on and spit in their eye, it's now Liverpool. But as we know, we only get 2 shots at them. What determines the title winner is who can bring the quality consistently over the course of 38 games. I don't know about you but I am VERY EXCITED about the upcoming season. This is probably our deepest and most talented team that we've fielded from top to bottom in decades. And yes I believe we are more talented than the Suarez led team that came within inches of winning the title. And we've got a better manager now than then.

If City blinks, Liverpool wins the title. But it's going to be a long hard fought campaign. And I can't wait to enjoy every moment of it. We can't count out Tottenham or Manchester United either. But I believe in Klopp and the quality of our lads. Let's have a go then, shall we?!

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