Perhaps the most positive aspect of Jurgen Klopp’s reign is his ability not just to spot weak areas in the side but to actually act and address those concerns. In goal, up front and at the heart of defence are key positions where recent improvements may just define Liverpool’s title challenge in 2018/19.
It’s hard for pundits to spot any weaknesses right now but when we look at transfer links around the club, they focus on one area that may be the final piece in the Klopp jigsaw.
There are no shortage of goals in this current Liverpool side and the prolific Mo Salah has even been able to take a back seat while Sadio Mane has emerged as the leading scorer at the start of the new season.
Roberto Firmino looks set to contribute from his midfield role and as an added bonus, Daniel Sturridge seems to have finally overcome his injury problems to become a potent back up for Salah when the situation requires.
It all seems perfect moving forward but, back in the summer, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was among a number of pundits who suggested the club needed to sign an attacking midfielder. After links with Lyon’s Nabil Fekir came to nothing, the current transfer rumours continue to focus on this position.
Six games into the season and Liverpool had that perfect record of six wins from six games to leave them clear at the top of the early table. Despite those efforts, few tipsters are looking beyond Manchester City to successfully defend their title and that assessment is backed up by the bookmakers who have Pep Guardiola’s men down as favourites at a general 8/11 in the Premier League betting markets.
Liverpool follow at 15/8 while Chelsea are third favourites at 12/1 suggesting that, at best, this is a ‘two-horse’ race. Despite those odds, there is a lot of interest in Liverpool with price boosts, promotions and bet365 free bet offers up for grabs but could one key purchase in January help Klopp’s side to their first ever Premier League title?
Who’s in the Frame?
Links to Nabil Fekir continue to grab their share of column inches although there are suggestions that Chelsea and Real Madrid are now looking at signing the 25-year-old French international. Fekir has a healthy scoring record of 46 goals in 116 league games for Lyon but, when Real Madrid come calling, it’s tough for any player to turn them down.
Stories have also emerged linking Liverpool with Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze. Although the player joined Dortmund after Jurgen Klopp had left for Merseyside, there is a link to be made even though the Reds’ manager has been keen to distance himself from the rumours.
We know that few clubs will ever be satisfied with their playing roster and, having plugged those obvious gaps, the job for Jurgen Klopp moving forward is to keep improving the squad. Attacking midfield is, according to the media, the area that needs attention most but will one shrewd purchase lead to Premier League glory at the end of 2018/19?