Liverpool will be looking to get back into Premier League title contention again next season with a healthier squad after Euro 2020.
Virgil van Dijk is on course to be ready for the start of the 2021-22 campaign, as could Joe Gomez. The two centre-backs missed most of last season with injuries, which saw Jordan Henderson and Fabinho slotting into the back four at times.
We are currently 5/1 second favourites to win the Premier League, which seems harsh given we won the title last time we had a fully fit squad. The safer money may be on a top four finish, to add to a season-long accumulator. Using the FA smart acca tool will help with working out your odds too.
Young centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the first confirmed signing of the summer. The 22-year-old arrives in a £36 million deal from RB Leipzig. We were desperately missing an additional option here during the second half of last season.
Georginio Wijnaldum didn’t renew his contract at the end of last season and has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. The Dutch international will be a big loss in central midfield and we can only hope that Thiago improves on his performances from his first season in England.
Jurgen Klopp should be able to guide us to six points in our first two games as we travel to Norwich City and then host Burnley. The first test of the new season should be when we welcome Chelsea to Anfield in gameweek three.
A good start should continue throughout September with fixtures against Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Brentford before hosting Manchester City on the first weekend of October.
Manchester United (away) and Arsenal (home) are the next big fixtures afterwards, in late October and November respectively.
Replacing Wijnaldum will be the main objective for the German coach. Borussia Monchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus and Aston Villa’s John McGinn have both been linked over the past week.
An attacker appears to be on the books too as Sweden international Alexander Isak and Italy’s Domenico Berardi have both been linked during Euro 2020.
Manchester City were clear and deserved winners last season and has now won the title in three of the past four seasons. Club legend Sergio Aguero has since left on a free transfer to Barcelona. That could prove bad for the rest of the league as both Harry Kane and Erling Haaland have both been strongly linked to the Etihad Stadium.
It was surprising how well the Citizens’ defence played following the arrival of Ruben Dias, particularly as John Stones and Kyle Walker both played the majority of games in defence. Hopefully our front three and the rest of the league can breech them more often next season.
With a month between the conclusion of Euro 2020 and the start of the new season, our team should be fresh for the August start and with Klopp sufficient time to get the team prepared for the season.
Much will depend on how both us and Manchester City deal during the summer transfer window but we should be confident of at least challenging for the 2021-22 Premier League title.
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