In the past when evaluating Liverpool Football Club, you couldn’t help but come up with more questions than answers. Are they actually a top 4 club? Do their supporters expect too much? What would actually be a decent finish for Liverpool? This season, however, with charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp having his feet firmly under the Liverpool table after half a season ‘steadying the ship’, so to speak, there seems to an air of optimism surrounding the Anfield club for the forthcoming Premier League season. And with last year’s strong finish, Europa League final appearance and a shed load of money spent this summer, there is no reason to suggest that the team from Merseyside can’t sneak into the top 4 this season.
It goes without saying that money talks in modern day football, and Klopp hasn’t been afraid to spend it. Liverpool have spent nearly £70 million on new players this summer with marquee signings Sadia Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum being brought for a whopping £36 million and £25 million respectively to help bolster an already strong midfield line up. Mane, a winger/forward who was shown glimpses of genius during his 3-year stint at Southampton looks as if he may well be a first team regular and Anfield whereas as Newcastle’s standout player from last year’s campaign, Wijnaldum, looks like he will be used to add competition for places in Klopp’s starting line up along with other signings, Joel Matip from Shalke, Loris Karius from Mainz, Ragna Klavan from Augsborh and experienced goalkeeper Alex Manninger who was a free agent.
The signings are there. The competition for places is already underway and they’ve had a good pre-season whereby they’ve collected no injuries. And with world class talent such as Coutinho and Sturridge and the addition of the new signings to their already talented squad, stage is set for Klopp and Liverpool do something similar to what Tottenham Hotspur did last campaign and take their place back among the Premier League’s top four clubs in the 16/17 season.