EPL SEASON PREVIEW - Liverpool

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EPL SEASON PREVIEW - Liverpool


The Manager: Jurgen Klopp
One of the most likeable managers in the game, the charismatic Klopp will continue to employ his high pressing, high energy, attacking philosophy which served the side so well last season. Klopp's "heavy metal" football made Liverpool just about the most entertaining side to watch in the Premier League at times in 2017. The big question now is, can he deliver a trophy?


The Squad:
Goalkeeper has been a problem area for a while now for Liverpool, a fact which was so cruelly highlighted in the Champions League Final. Klopp hasn't messed about in resolving the issue, shelling out what was a world record fee for a keeper to bring Brazilian international Alisson to the club. Sitting behind a back four marshalled by the impressive Virgil van Dijk, he should help to greatly improve the side from a defensive standpoint.
Fabinho and Naby Keita are two high quality midfield additions bringing steel and energy to a position where Liverpool were already strong. They should help offset the loss through injury of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin.
A front line of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino will once again be the envy of just about every side in this league and should ensure the goals continue to flow for the Anfield men.
It's hard to see exactly where new boy Xherdan Shaqiri will fit in to all this, but he nevertheless brings mercurial match winning ability and looks another solid addition to what is an exceptional squad.


Star Man: Mohamed Salah
The Premier League's top scorer and player of the year was nothing short of sensational last season, firing in 32 goals in 36 league outings. This elusive box of tricks with an eye for both creating and taking a chance is still only 26, and whilst he will surely struggle to top last season's exploits, he remains Liverpool's most devastating attacking weapon.


Outlook:
Liverpool showed they could mix it with Manchester City when beating Pep Guardiola's men not once, but three times last season. The question now is can they keep pace over the course of an entire season? Overall we expect the Reds to get much closer than they did last term, but perhaps come up just short.

Premier League Prediction: 2nd



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