Liverpool in 17-18: Klopp needs more new signings to deliver silverware

    Liverpool need to add more than Salah to the starting XI if they want to see success
    Liverpool need to add more than Salah to the starting XI if they want to see success

    At times last season, Jurgen Klopp had the Kop convinced that Liverpool were realistic and bonafide Premier League title hopefuls, but the challenge to become English champions fell away in the second half of the campaign.

    When the Reds had their big-name stars fit and firing, the Merseyside team played an irresistible brand of attacking football unrivalled across England and looked capable of beating anyone.

    A number of reasons, including inconsistency, Sadio Mane’s absence to play at the African Cup of Nations and Philippe Coutinho’s injury, played their part in Liverpool not being in the title running come May.

    That said, a fourth-placed finish, securing Champions League football in a competitive race at the top of the table, was still deemed as a success in the eyes of the majority of the Reds faithful.

    With less than a week until the start of the 2017-18 campaign, expectations have been reassessed and the demands of this historic club have been realigned.

    Klopp’s vibrant personality, will to win and attacking football mentality have certainly endeared him to the Liverpool supporters – but the time has come for silverware.

    Brendan Rodgers was at one point deemed as a man capable of leading the club to success, but in the longer run, the absence of trophies played a key role in his Anfield exit.

    While winning the FA or League Cup in 2017-18 would be more than welcome, the Liverpool fans crave a tilt at becoming English champions once more.

    The online bookmakers state that the Reds are fourth or fifth favourites to win the Premier League this season, but this has largely been construed due to the relative spending by the top teams in the division.

    Despite Klopp’s men being outspent by all the title challengers except Tottenham Hotspur, there is reason to believe that the business that Liverpool has done will strengthen the team.

    Mo Salah’s acquisition looks like a match made in heaven, with the former Chelsea wideman epitomising the high-energy, effective and decisive football that the Liverpool manager demands of his attacking players.

    The Egypt international was never given a chance at Stamford Bridge, but has since proven himself beyond doubt as a devastating attacking proponent at both Fiorentina and Roma.

    The prospect of having Salah on one wing and Mane on the other will surely strike fear into full-backs across the land and provide Liverpool with one of the most-mobile offensive units in world football.

    Andrew Robertson has been added to the Reds ranks for a bargain £10 million, with the Scotland international’s capture addressing a much-publicised troublesome position for Klopp.

    James Milner played the majority of last season at left-back and despite his application, it is a sensible move to sign a left-footed full-back to specialise in the position.

    Robertson excelled in a struggling Hull City side last season and his attacking intent will fit in with Liverpool’s style of play well.

    With this first-team duo joined by Dominic Solanke, the Reds have looked to strengthen their squad – but it appears that more signings are needed to help the club compete at the pinnacle of English football.

    The club are crying out for a new centre-half and the potential addition of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, despite a public apology needing to be delivered earlier this summer, would be an inspired move.

    With Liverpool set to compete in four competitions, including the considerable exertions demanded by the Champions League, strength in depth is an issue that Klopp must address.

    It goes without saying that keeping Coutinho at the club amid reported Barcelona interest is a pre-requisite to any successful campaign, while the Reds need some luck with injuries to be in the mix.

    However, with Klopp’s expansive football ideologies starting to embed into the Liverpool squad and added menace to an already blistering attacking unit, optimism is high at Anfield ahead of the season opener at Watford.

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