Okay I know what you’re thinking. Let’s take this season one step at a time and not get ahead of ourselves, right? As much as that seems like very sensible advice, it’s hard not to start mapping out Liverpool’s plans for total domination over the coming years – we’ve certainly got the makings of a squad that could do just that.
Jurgen Klopp’s side currently sit at the top of the Premier League after 11 games played, dropping just two points in the process. The gap between ourselves and Manchester City isn’t exactly huge at this stage, though you’d have to say that overall we look like a slightly more assured and confident team based on performances thus far. There’s also been more than a few last-minute winners here and there, and it always feels like the mark of a true champion to secure three points even when things aren’t going completely to plan.
So, while we’re certainly not jumping the gun on our prospects for this season, it’s interesting to lay out the specific challenges each of the four main competitions presents and whether this season could see a historic quadruple of trophies coming home to Anfield. Let’s take a closer look.
First of all, it’s always been clear from the outset of this season that the Premier League is by far our biggest priority. Having failed to lift the title for 30 long years, Klopp will have his eyes fixed firmly on breaking the drought and making Liverpool champions of England once again. Despite the fact that the latest Premier League betting odds at bet365 list Liverpool as clear 4/5 favourites at this stage, Man City are close behind and have tremendous strength in depth.
Keeping the league a priority
If we expect to go deep in each of these competitions then Klopp will have to manage the workload of his squad carefully, making sure key players stay fresh for crucial league matches. Most fans would probably agree that they’d rather win the Premier League and nothing else rather than all three of the other competitions: Champions League, FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
Building confidence in Europe
The fact that this squad has now been to two consecutive Champions League finals will do wonders for their confidence levels in European matches. Liverpool have put themselves firmly on the map as one of the very best teams in the world at present, inciting a fear factor in every other team they will have to face as the competition progresses. Their 4-1 win away to Belgian side Genk on Matchday 3 will have done wonders to revitalise this year’s campaign after a slow start.
Unless we see a few historic upsets, it’s hard to picture anything other than Napoli and Liverpool progressing from Group E. From there, it all depends on who we draw in the knockout stage; yet no team out there will be wanting to face the Reds based on current form.
Maintaining our three-pronged attack
Individually, you’d most likely pick Messi over Mane or Mbappe over Firmino, yet as a collective attack it’s hard to argue that any team has better forward threat than Liverpool. The quick, fluid link-up play between Salah, Mane and Firmino has become the hallmark of Klopp’s side and poses danger to any defence.
It’s fair to say we’re not quite the same team if one of these three is missing, particularly Salah. Again, it’ll take careful game management from Klopp if the team is to avoid any costly injuries at key points in the season, particularly over the congested Christmas period.
If we get it right, and with a little bit of luck, we might be adding more than a few trophies to the Anfield cabinet this season!