When you earn 97 points and still don’t win the English Premier League, just what do you do? That’s what Liverpool did last season, but at least they became European Champions. The new season is just around the corner and Jurgen Klopp has to work out just how to win Liverpool’s first Premier League title.
Liverpool had an incredible season in 2018/19 but the problem is Manchester City did too. The Reds finished a point behind City but a massive 25 points clear of third placed Chelsea. For the second season in a row they went unbeaten at home in the league. In the end, they were like a political party that dramaticially ups its vote but loses on a recount. The odds on them being the 2019/20 champions are 11/4 (3.75) at Unibet.
Liverpool have been rather quiet so far in the summer transfer window. Jurgen Klopp soon silenced rumours of signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. Sepp van den Berg has been signed from Zwolle but he’s only 17 and this defender is one for the future. Daniel Sturridge has left the club so Liverpool may look for another striker to be signed.
Fixture congestion could be their biggest problem this season. Liverpool will be taking part in the World Club Championship this season after their Champions League triumph. That tournament in Qatar will see them playing on December 21, whether it be a final or third/fourth place play-off. Between December 4 and New Year’s Day, they face playing at least eight games.
They also face a few problems in the early part of the season. Liverpool are in the Community Shield this season, then have to play the European Super Cup against Chelsea in between their first and second league games. Key players such as Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah have been playing tournament football. BoyleSports will give you odds of 11/4 (3.75) on Salah being the Premier League’s top goal scorer this season. Mane won’t return to training until after the Community Shield match on August 4. He’s 12/1 at William Hill to be top Premier League goalscorer.
Maintaining the incredible level of performances they had last season is another problem area for Liverpool. Manchester City have showed how consistently brilliant they can be, can Liverpool match them again? Betfair will give you 15/8 (2.87) on Liverpool finishing above Manchester City in the new season.
Early Season Fixtures
9 August: Norwich City (home)
17 August: Southampton (away)
24 August: Arsenal (home)
31 August: Burnley (away)
14 September: Newcastle United (home)
It’s not the hardest of starts to the new season for Liverpool. Their first three home games all look capable of producing three points. They are 4/5 (1.8) at SkyBet to beat Norwich City to nil in their opening fixture. Arsenal will of course be the toughest of them but the Gunners don’t have a great recent record at Anfield. The two away games at Southampton and Burnley could be a little tricky but Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful that their first five games will see them near the top of the table if not leading it.
A key period for Liverpool is going to be October and November. They face Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester City at home with trips to Manchester United and Aston Villa.
Liverpool probably still can’t believe that they didn’t win the Premier League last season. Just one league defeat and 30 wins but just second place. It was the fact they only earned a point from two games against Manchester City that cost them the title. Maintaining that standard isn’t going to be easy and they can’t afford injuries to key players such as Salah and Mane.
At the time of writing there haven’t been an major new signings. They will need a new striker after the departure of Sturridge. At least Origi has signed a new contract though and he scored some vital goals last season. Liverpool will again be challenging for the title but they may well finish runners-up again. You can get 3/10 (1.3) at Paddy Power on Liverpool finishing in the top two.