Can Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp go one step better in 2019/20 and win their first league title for 29 years?
Now we’re going to look at Liverpool’s forward line plus their backup strikers.
Mohamed Salah – Salah has now spent two seasons at Anfield, scoring a phenomenal 54 league goals in the Liverpool jersey. The Egyptian speedster has also provided 18 assists during that time and his pace and direct approach mean he is a constant threat to defenders even if Liverpool are on the defensive.
Salah just turned 27 a few days ago so, theoretically, he should only be approaching the peak years of his career. Salah is contracted to Liverpool until 2023 so he won’t be going anywhere just yet.
Sadio Mane – arguably Liverpool’s most-improved player of 2018/19, Mane joined Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 22 league goals. This was Mane’s best-ever return in a PL season and the Senegalese frontman has already spoken of his desire to get even better next season for Liverpool. Mane is also committed to Liverpool until 2023.
Roberto Firmino – currently in action at the Copa America in his home country, Roberto Firmino continues to fulfil his role as possibly the most important cog in Liverpool’s attack. Firmino is the perfect forward to play in the Jurgen Klopp system and his tireless effort along with fantastic technique helps to create endless space for his teammates in the attacking third. And yes, you guessed it, Firmino is contracted to LFC until 2023.
Divock Origi – Origi took three shots in this season’s Champions League. Origi scored three goals in this season’s Champions League. The 24-year-old Belgian striker is expected to enter contract talks with The Reds when he returns after the summer break. His current deal expires in June 2020.
Origi’s stats speak for themselves. He is productive and efficient when called upon. What else can you ask for of your squad players? I expect Origi to stay with Liverpool. His heroics helping to knock Barcelona out in the CL semi-final, as well as his goal to finish Spurs off in the final in Madrid, have earned him legendary status at the club forevermore. If he’s happy to fight for his place with the regular front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane then I’m sure Klopp would be delighted to renew his contract.
Daniel Sturridge’s spell at the club has come to an end with the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker’s contract not being renewed.
Liverpool will need to invest in another versatile striker who can fit into Klopp’s system with relative ease. Knowing Klopp, though, it would not be a huge surprise if he turns to the young players already on the books at the club.
Rhian Brewster is expected to have a big future ahead of him while Harry Wilson has returned after another successful loan spell away from Anfield.
Klopp could utilise either player in his first-team squad next season. However, it could well be an opportunity missed for The Reds if they don’t go and build on last season’s success by signing an already-established player who can produce the goods from day one, keeping the existing forward line on its toes in the process.
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