Liverpool appear to have most of the ingredients for a concerted push for Premier League glory following a series of impressive displays in domestic and European competition this season, but earning premium silverware remains elusive for now.
Boss Jürgen Klopp has suggested that the club must “become winners” in order to make the leap from perennial top-four finishers to league title winners. The German claims that “being aggressive” will be fundamental to any success, and it is one of the reasons why the Reds are always a joy to watch. It can be argued that a positive mentality may need to be tempered by a more pragmatic approach during some games, as Liverpool are still prone to conceding poor goals in vital moments.
There is no doubt that Klopp’s team have the firepower to support a Premier League title push after scoring 73 goals in the first 31 games of the season and putting five past Porto in the Champions League. Liverpool’s attacking play has been breathtaking this season, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino thriving in their respective roles across the forward line, and it is one of the reasons why it will be worth placing a bet at Stakers.com on the Reds during the coming months.
Ensuring that Salah remains at Anfield will be key to any title aspirations. That’s just how good the Egyptian has been during his debut season at the club. The 25-year-old’s impressive four-goal haul against Watford in mid-March underlined his incredible knack for being in the right place at the right time, while his 28 strikes in the top flight is already a record for a Liverpool player in his first season.
New signings will need to be made to ensure that a platform is built for improvement for the 2018/19 campaign. Naby Keïta will join the club from RB Leipzig in July, and there is already excitement in the city that the 22-year-old could be the player to reinvigorate the central-midfield area. Klopp has also stated that he is ready to spend big to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United after completing a £75 million deal for Virgil van Dijk in January.
Klopp said recently: “This club will do what we have to do. The owners are ready for that. That was the sign for it but it doesn’t mean we only spend in this [expensive] category. It’s all about timing, doing the right thing at the right moment. If the player is the right player this club will pay big money.”
Liverpool perhaps need another star player or two in defensive positions, with a readymade replacement for Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet and an upgrade on Dejan Lovren a possibility. The back five has been an area of concern for some time now, but the arrival of Van Dijk will hopefully herald the start of a new era of plentiful clean sheets, record-breaking goal-scoring, and EPL title wins.