Liverpool have had a pretty impressive summer transfer window and a lot of teams have taken notice of how early the Merseyside club have got their summer transfer done.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have managed two successive top-four finishes and the fans expect the club to challenge Manchester City for the league title this season. The Reds made it to the Champions League final last season but were beaten by Real Madrid.
It’s winning that matters but this Liverpool squad might have learned a thing or two from their cup runs and if that doesn’t make you a better team, I don’t know what will.
Let’s take a look at why Liverpool will challenge for the league title this season:
#3 The squad
As proven in the last few seasons, it takes a good squad a bit of luck to win the league title. Leicester City might have won the league title with a thin squad, but they more or less had their entire first team fit for the whole season and didn’t have the headache of European football to worry about.
Last season, Manchester City were impossible to stop because of the depth they had at their disposal. This time, Jürgen Klopp can perhaps boast of the same.
Liverpool were hamstrung last season by the absence of quality on the bench, something they have this season. There were times when the side were behind and needed some inspiration from their bench, but they could only call upon the likes of Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings.
Injuries in midfield also set them back last season as resources were stretched before the Champions League final.
For the upcoming season, Liverpool will have the presence of Naby Keita and Fabinho in midfield. Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum will be vying for the third midfield spot; that’s some healthy competition for a place in the starting XI and a good headache for the manager to have. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s presence could have added more drive to the midfield, but he is expected to miss a majority of the season.
In attack, Daniel Sturridge is fit again and Xherdan Shaqiri’s addition will give Klopp the option to rest the Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah when needed.