Liverpool finished top four in the Premier League and booked its place in the UEFA Champions League last season, however, it felt like the club still left a lot out on the pitch.
Losses along the way to sides like Crystal Palace, Swansea City and relegated club Hull City showed inconsistency from Jurgen Klopp‘s men, despite boasting one of the top attacks in all of England.
Entering this season, Liverpool are — and should be — among the title favorites in the PL, given the club’s dangerous attacking threats once again, but injuries and defensive liabilities may once again prove to be the side’s downfall in 2017/18.
The Reds boasted 78 goals last campaign, averaging out to over two finishes per match for Klopp and Co. That was a feat only three other sides — Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City — were able to accomplish a year ago.
There’s no question that Liverpool has the offensive firepower to compete with the big boys in the PL, particularly with the addition of Mohamed Salah from Roma arriving in early July.
The biggest key for the Reds, though, will be how the club starts the season. Adam Lallana has already been confirmed to be out for the first few months of the 2017 campaign, with an October return likely the earliest for the England international.
Losing a player of Coutinho’s capabilities, especially right on the verge of the new PL season kicking off, would be a massive blow to Klopp’s plans.
With a difficult opening several weeks to the season, we’ll get a solid gauge of Liverpool’s aspirations early on. Not only do the Reds have to worry about early-season fixtures against Arsenal, Man City and Leicester City domestically during the first two months, but Klopp’s men will also face a challenging home-and-home series against Hoffenheim for a place in the Champions League group stage.Follow @MattReedFutbol