Liverpool fans everywhere will be excited about what the 2019/20 campaign has in store for them.
The Reds battled with Manchester City for the Premier League title right up until the final day of the season. In the end, they fell just one point short of Pep Guardiola’s sky-blue machine.
In Europe, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp tasted success, however. Klopp’s men beat Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side 2-0 in Madrid to lift the club’s sixth European Cup trophy.
On the back of such success, it’s unlikely that Liverpool will be too busy in the transfer market this summer. Klopp knows how important it is to maintain a strong team unit and how easily the group dynamics can be upset with one wrong purchase.
Let’s look at just how Liverpool are equipped in the defensive third of the pitch.
Alisson Becker – Alisson enjoyed a fantastic debut season at Anfield winning the Premier League’s Golden Glove award for his 21 clean sheets. Liverpool had the best defensive record in the division.
Simon Mignolet – once Liverpool’s first-choice stopper, Mignolet is a competent back-up for Alisson.
Caoimhin Kelleher – the Irish goalkeeper seems to be highly regarded by Klopp and may well become the back-up to Alisson if Mignolet leaves the club.
Virgil van Dijk – no words needed. The Reds’ number 4 has proved to be one of the club’s most important signings in the Premier League era.
Joe Gomez – the young centre-half formed an excellent partnership at the heart of Liverpool’s defence up until he fractured his leg at Burnley in early December. He will be back fighting fit after a full pre-season come August. Gomez can also fill in at right-back when needed.
Joel Matip – played the best football of his relatively short Reds career when replacing Gomez between January and June of this year. A great option to keep who may well hold onto his starting place.
Dejan Lovren – rumoured to be attracting interest from AC Milan. Lovren is probably the centre-half most Reds fans would be happy enough to see leave the club.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – it’s hard to believe Liverpool’s local boy, Trent Alexander-Arnold is still only 20-years-old. TAA has already played in two Champions League finals and played a full part in a Premier League title race. Such experience at his tender age is basically unheard of. His assists from the right were a huge part in Liverpool’s success in 2018/19.
Andy Robertson – Scottish international team captain, Andy Robertson, was just as creative as TAA, providing the assists for Liverpool from the left full-back position all season. A player who rarely suffers injury, Robertson’s rise at Anfield has been meteoric. Still only 25, he looks set to be a Reds regular for years to come.
In summary, Liverpool may only add another centre-half to the roster if Dejan Lovren leaves.
With Alberto Moreno leaving on a free transfer, it also means that some extra cover at left-back will be needed so that could also be somewhere Klopp and co look to strengthen.
Tomorrow we will look at Liverpool’s midfield and attacking departments.
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