Sunday would mark the Red’s 1st competitive match of the season, with West Ham being the visitor’s at Anfield.
Coming off the back off an exhilarating 2017/18, fans will be left dreaming about their ideal season. And top of that wish list would be a first league win since 1990. The near misses in 2008/2009 & 2013/14 only whet that appetite even further.
Could this be finally our year?
Taking into account of our previous season, there is reason to believe that we can match, if not improve this campaign. Recent additions have also helped strengthen the spine of the team, with Alisson, Keita and Fabinho all likely to walk straight into the first team. Add in the Fab 3 and there’s no telling how much havoc this Liverpool team will cause in the league. We’ve never been this strong in a long, long time.
In contrast, our rivals aren’t in the best of shapes. Manchester United look to be imploding under the stewardship of grumpy old Mourinho. Sarri and Emery will need time to implement their philosophy at their respective clubs. Tottenham, though retaining the bulk of their team, have neither strengthen theirs over the summer. That’s not forgetting that they’ve to combat World Cup fatigue, with their players clocking up a total of 4, 813 minutes in Russia. All these conditions are advantageous for the Merseyside club.
There is one club that stands in the way of Liverpool though, and that’s Manchester City. Though their only significant addition is club record signing Mahrez from Leicester City, their squad looks formidable still. They’ve depth in every position and can summon game changers from their bench. Winning the league by a comfortable 19 points just shows how good the Citizens are. Overtaking them is gonna be a tall order, with many pundits backing them to retain the title.
That being said, there’s nothing to suggest that Liverpool can’t overhaul their rivals in sky blue. Our 3 victories against them last season is prove that they aren’t invincible. Which is why there’s reason to hope that we can challenge for the big prize.
Importantly, Jurgen Klopp understands the expectations placed upon him and his players. Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “It would be the next step and we need to be ready for that. I cannot give guarantees here but I know about the expectations and that is completely normal. First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something. We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season. When you have the complete team together you can build on the basis a little bit more. I am confident we can build on last season.”
With a manager understanding the need to win trophies, and a talented squad at his disposal, Liverpool have all the ingredients to succeed. Last season was about being “almost there”, this time it’s about being the first over the finish line.
So buckle up Reds, 2018/19 is gonna be one hell of a ride. Hopefully this time, we’ll end the ride on a high. Cheers to the campaign ahead!