Since arriving at Anfield in 2015, German manager Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool into a force to be reckoned, just like he did with Borussia Dortmund before. Klopp is a modest guy who wants complete control over transfers and hard work in training. He has been steadily improving the team in many key areas, with the culmination of the process leading to last season’s appearance in the Champions League final, where Liverpool lost to Real Madrid.
As soon as he was appointed manager in October 2015, Klopp refused to sign anyone so he can assess the squad. Even with the squad he inherited from Brendan Rogers, the German maestro led Liverpool to the League Cup Final where they lost to Manchester City on penalties and later to the UEFA Europa League final, losing to Sevilla. Even with the two losses, the progress was obvious and fans were rightfully excited for the future.
Klopp certainly delivered the next summer. He signed players such as Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Loris Karius and Ragnar Klavan, reinforcing the squad for the 16-17 Premier League season which Liverpool ended on the number 4 spot. The real improvements came next season when Klopp brought in the incredible Mohamed Salah and late additions Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil Van Dijk. The result? A fourth-place finish in the Premier League and a long-awaited Champions League Final with Real Madrid. Liverpool is a reborn team under Klopp even after losing Philippe Coutinho, and it’s fair to say that the German’s not planning to stop any time soon.
This summer, Liverpool managed to sign Naby Keita and Fabinho, with other players such as Nabil Fekir expected to become part of the club soon. Manchester City may have won the last PL title in style, but they were beaten by Klopp’s side in the CL semi-final when no one expected it, which truly shows how much Klopp transformed the team. With new additions in key areas including a class goalkeeper, Liverpool’s chances ahead of the coming season are looking better by the day.
Of course, no one’s saying that Liverpool will win it all, but considering the names dropped as potential new signings, dismissing Liverpool’s chances would be foolish. Manchester City is still the main favourite for the PL title, but with Chelsea’s tumultuous summer so far and Manchester United not making major moves, Liverpool might be hot on the champion’s trail. Once the season starts, we’re sure that including the Merseyside outfit in soccer multiples will give you a chance to win big for a small stake.
The odds at popular bookies confirm it – at the moment, Liverpool’s trailing only Manchester City as a title favourite. If they land a few marquee signings, their chances will only improve. Klopp’s side is certainly one to fear – with a little bit of luck, this could be the season when Klopp delivers what Kop fans have been dreaming of for over 20 years – a Premier League title.