I’m fairly confident City will retain the Premier League trophy; we were phenomenal last year and so far ahead of the rest it was almost weird. Still, being confident is a far stretch from being certain – albeit we’ll only keep improving as the squad matures which should be enough to come out on top. However, it’s going to be nothing like last season. Prepare yourselves for what could be the best Premier League campaign ever.
I’ll start with how I think the top five will look come June 2019;
As previously mentioned though don’t expect a repeat of the 19 point gap between 1st and 2nd, although if City dominate again I certainly won’t complain. I’d be very shocked if that happened though, I believe there will be less than 10 points separating 1st and 5th this time around.
I’m focusing on Liverpool here but I’ll quickly address the others. Spurs won’t strengthen properly and may lose key players such as Alderweireld due to Daniel Levy being an all around weapon. United will continue to decline rather than improve if Mourinho remains in the hot seat, which again I won’t complain about! With Chelsea, I’m certain they’ll drastically improve as long as Conte departs and Hazard stays.
First and foremost let me address the upcoming elephant in the room. Fuck net spend, fuck how much money is being spent in general, it’s irrelevant nowadays. People hate City for it, but nobody was ever going to break that powerhouse of a top four without a huge injection of money. It’s now more prevalent and relevant than ever, if you want to compete, you need to spend – and Liverpool are doing just that.
However, simply throwing money at any player who looks a half decent is moronic, you need to be astute with your spending and again Liverpool are doing that. People are still whining how they signed Van Dijk for £75 million which is ridiculous, he drastically improved the Liverpool team as soon as he signed – so what’s the issue? If you’re missing a quality player in a certain position which would almost “complete” the XI you sign them, akin to Pep signing Walker and Mendy.
We are now less than a month into the Summer transfer window yet Klopp has already made a huge statement with players he’s already signed and potentials that are looking very likely. More importantly though he’s strengthening the red side of Merseyside in all the right places. They were almost lucky in regards to squad fitness last season, their starting XI is as good as any team in the world, but there’s no depth. If a key player would have picked up a long term injury I doubt they would’ve even made the top four, controversial I know, but the effect that would’ve have showed in the CL final when Salah went off.
I want to write an entire piece of Liverpool’s new signings as well as who they should bin off, I’ll mention a few briefly now but will wait until near the end of the transfer window to release the other.
Fabinho, unreal singing. He’ll be what Fernandinho is/was for City, a rock in front of the back four who organises, disciplines and rallies the troops. How Klopp will fit him and Hendo into the team will be interesting, as I think Jordan Henderson is far better and more important to Liverpool than most think.
I’m not having Keita though. I don’t see him as Klopp’s type of player, perhaps I’m being hyperbole but his aggressive nature just won’t fly whilst Klopp is in charge. I won’t be even remotely surprised if Keita’s disciplinary record is so poor by Christmas that he rarely features in the second half of the season. If he proves me wrong. Fine. I’ll hold my hands up and admit I was wrong, as I did with Ox and Robertson.
From what I’ve read so far, Fekir will probably still happen – but after the World Cup. Liverpool need to make that happen, he is EXACTLY what they need. He can cover on either wings as well as in midfield, it’s that simple.
Alison and Oblak are the last two at present that the Reds have been strongly linked with. I become more and more impressed everytime I see Alison play, but go for Oblak, seriously. The Slovenian keeper reminds me of De Gea, who as much as it pains me to say is easily the best keeper in the world. Like De Gea, Oblak will single handedly win you about 10 points a season – Alison is great but he’s not quite on the same level as the aforementioned two.
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t seem shy about spending this summer and why should be? He’s already doing fantastic business, I still think adding a top defender or two as back up for Robo/TAA is needed, then anything else is a bonus. We don’t know how the rest of the transfer window will play out, but the direction the former Mainz Maestro is taking Liverpool in is thrilling if you’re part of the Anfield faithful, yet rather alarming for the rest of us.
Let’s wait and see, but I genuinely think they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season, challenging City for the title right up until the end.