LIVERPOOL SEASON PREVIEW: It’s high time Klopp delivered

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Anfield, Melwood and the entire red side of Merseyside haven’t felt like this in a decade.

Almost three years into the marriage that birth another brand of football in Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s reds now look more like what they used to be.

Although the union is yet to bring forth any offspring (titles); since the Capital One Cup final in 2016, it has been a case of hard luck and heartbreak for Liverpool – the most recent and the most painful being the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

The reds army marched on almost immediately with brilliant summer signings. Still, the scars would be a perfect springboard for another campaign which kicks off in less than 48 hours.

After an overhaul in the midfield and solving the goalkeeping problem which has plagued them since the dip in form days of Pepe Reina, there’s so much to look forward to about Liverpool in the 2018/19 season. From the Premier League to the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp has a different kind of weapon in his armoury to execute games without even worrying about other domestic cups as the FA and the Carabao Cups.

Like every Kopite across the world, the expectation of the manager himself is any high.

“My own expectations are always pretty high, so make the best of it! For us, it’s pretty normal that there would be one point where we spent more than last year. It all made sense, we have to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough.” Klopp said in his first press conference ahead of the start of the season.

On the back of a refreshing summer, Liverpool will begin the quest for repositioning at Anfield with a Premier League game against West Ham United – one of the heavy spenders of the summer like them.

If starting at home means getting off the blocks perfectly, Liverpool is placed well to get off to a flying start with a run of fixtures before the first international break. Between that period, they must negotiate a way into the group stages of the Champions League in the playoffs.

Fixtures will come thick and fast during the festive period as usual and that’s when the additions and depth would be tested. Manchester United (H), Arsenal (H) and Manchester City (A) are three fixtures of the five fixtures that could make or mar the Reds season.

Towards the end too, Liverpool will enjoy a home stretch of games and that could boost their ambition as the case might be for them then.

Paper talks aside and barring any form of plaguing injury, the reds must do few things differently to make a bold claim by May 2019.

First, they have to be cautiously consistent. Last season, Liverpool dropped quality points with 12 draws and seven of them were at home. To match City and other contenders or even close the gap, the Robinhood nature must be discarded.

They might not have control over luck, but they can be ruthless to avoid a painful end to games.

According to an ESPN luck index report, the reds were the unluckiest team in the premier league last season, missing out on 12 additional points to debatable officiating and unfortunate deflections.

By and large, the reds must maintain one of the highest highs in terms of goalscoring and keep their sheets clean as much as they can.

With the terrific front three of Salah, Mane and Firminho, backed up by a multidimensional midfield and of course the most expensive defender plus Allison Becker in goal, Liverpool can surely deliver a piece of silverware.

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