It has been a season of near misses for Liverpool but if we’ve learnt anything, it is that the Reds are finally capable of challenging for silverware. They may have lost in both the Capital One Cup and Europa League finals but, after a barren run, Jurgen Klopp has transformed this Liverpool side from peripheral underachievers to potential Premier League champions. And it would be fair to say that supporters are already quietly confident of getting their hands on a first league title since 1990.
Of course, they still need a lot of work but Liverpool have shown the kind of resilience and tenacity that has eluded them since Rafa Benitez prowled the Anfield touchline. On current form, the Reds are certainly capable of challenging the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal and 32Red.com are pricing Liverpool at 9/1 at the time of writing to go all the way and win the title next season. And with Klopp at the helm, the sky is the limit for Liverpool. Who knows, we could be seeing the 48-year-old celebrating like this in front of the Kop in the not-so-distant future…
The German has already been active in the summer transfer window, signing 22-year-old goalkeeper Loris Karius from FSV Mainz for an estimated fee of just £4.7 million. Without a doubt, this could be the best deal of the summer. Karius is widely regarded as one of European football’s brightest, young talents and the new Liverpool number 1 will push Simon Mignolet close for the starting role next season.
Karius isn’t the complete package just yet but there is plenty of potential – which is a major worry for Liverpool’s title rivals. The Reds have been lacking a top talent in goal for quite some time and Karius’ arrival will help to shore up the defence. If nothing else, it is another pawn off the board for Klopp and the Liverpool boss will be very happy with this particular piece of business, especially if he fulfils his destiny and matures into a world class goalkeeper.
And while most Liverpool supporters were devastated to miss out on Champions League football next season, it could actually help their chances of challenging for the English title. Back in the 2013/14 campaign, the Reds were able to focus all of their efforts on their domestic challenge. Unfortunately, they slipped up and were unable to get over the line but Liverpool showed that they are a talented side and could win the title with the right leadership and guidance.
Klopp has got Liverpool believing again and that’s all fans want. The Reds are playing their own unique brand of high-pressing, attacking football and they are certainly entertaining to watch if nothing else. The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and potential transfer target Mario Gotze are all top prospects and the thought of these three stars linking up with Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi in attack is mouth-watering to say the least.