Late last year I wrote a piece about Liverpool’s spine or the lack thereof in the current team. How as a team, Liverpool had very few if any leaders, how players didn’t seem to trust each other or believe in themselves especially in defence and how up top Liverpool were light and toothless.
If I remember correctly I think I finished the piece off by saying something along the lines that if Liverpool didn’t strengthen in the core areas, that as fans we would be waiting a long time for success both domestically and further afield. As it turned out I was right. Last season Liverpool got to 2 major cup finals and lost both of them.
This summer is yet another summer of transition for not only the team but the club as a whole. With the new stand nearing completion, talks of a take over floating around, Liverpool are once again one of the most attractive clubs in world football. Then there’s the Jürgen Klopp effect. With the club, for the first time ever worth over a billion dollars, fans were screaming out for marquee buys. As we’ve seen that’s not going to happen. While the money is there, it goes against everything Jürgen Klopp us about. He makes superstars, not buys them. As expected this summer there has been a raft of new players coming in, some fans have heard of and some fans know nothing about. Klopp has seen the problematic areas and has looked to rectified them.
He has brought in big strong players in the important positions, players like Joel Matip and Marko Grujic who add height and strength to their positions. Klopp has brought in a goalkeeper who is brimming with confidence in Loris Karius. With those 3 players and the established players like Mamadou Sakho and Emre Can there is a nucleus of a strong spine back in the Liverpool team. The recent addition of Georginio Wijnaldum will add yet more bite to the Liverpool midfield if that’s where Klopp chooses to play him. For me a midfield trio of Wijnaldum, Grujic and Can will be difficult to break down and has the potential to be explosive on the counter attack as all three players have strength and speed at their disposal.
The addition of Sadio Mané and the fact Danny Ings is back up and playing gives Liverpool an added weapon in the fight for Premier League glory next season. Both players have the ability to play anywhere across the forward line and this is something that Liverpool lacked last season. When you throw a fit Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Phillipe Coutinho, Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino in to the mix gives Liverpool an added edge over a lot of teams in the Premier League. All of Liverpool’s attacking players have the want to get in to those goal scoring positions, they will pull opposition players out of position creating space for other players to attack and I expect each of those attacking players to score at least 5 if not more goals next season.
For the first time since the late 2000’s Liverpool have a proper and strong spine to the team. While players in other positions may be deemed weaker and not good enough for Liverpool, with the spine the team has at the minute those deficiencies can be covered over. The addition of both Matip and Grujic should see Liverpool not be bullied anymore in and around their box and their height will cause opposition defenders headaches from set pieces, and hopefully they’ll be able to add goals and assists as Liverpool chase glory this year.
Written by @TheMoanyOne