Liverpool’s recently concluded season depended on the Europa League win to be deemed successful but since the Reds were comprehensively beaten by Sevilla, and finished eighth in the league, their last year cannot be put under the successful category. Simultaneously, the fact that Jurgen Klopp, who only took over in October and had to deal with a gruelling schedule, managed to take the team to two cup finals showed very promising and encouraging signs.
There is little doubt that Klopp would be happy with the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers and the fact that he has already added three — Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Loris Karius — before the window has even officially opened illustrates that.
Liverpool still need reinforcements as well as upgrades in several positions ranging from a centre back, a full-back, a winger, a central midfielder and arguably even a striker. It will be interesting to see who all the German brings in this summer.
Considering Liverpool will not be involved in the European games, they would have the added advantage of playing less, along with Chelsea, and many have even said that they could perhaps even challenge for the title much like the 2013/14 season. Liverpool are still a dark horse for the top four with LeoVegas Sportsbook, primarily due to United, City and Chelsea changing managers and expected to spend £100m+ each to strength their teams, so a successful season for the Reds would be just getting to a top 4 berth; in fact, that is of paramount importance. The Anfield outfit absolutely need to get back to the Champions League and the lack of Europe’s prestigious tournament is definitely hurting them in several ways. A win in either the League Cup or the FA Cup would add to the success but getting to top 4 is of top most priority.
With José Mourinho taking over at Manchester United, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Antonio Conte at Chelsea; Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino at Arsenal and Spurs respectively; the other talented managers in Claudio Ranieri as well as Walter Mazzarri at Leicester and Watford, there is certainly no dearth of quality in the managerial positions in the Premier League. Klopp will be involved in plenty of battle of wits with his counterparts and the quality of the managers next season makes the top 4 race extremely exciting, but very difficult as well.