With the thrill from winning the Champions League still buzzing, the team is now focusing on what’s ahead with well backed-up ambitions to have an even better 2019/2020.
Here are the most important things around Liverpool’s upcoming preparation for next season.
As happens every year, the end of the season means it’s time to fill the balance sheet and even being a CL-triumphant doesn’t guarantee you a permanent place on the team.
Right after the triumph, it became clear that some players will be looking for new teams.
So who’s leaving Anfield and who’s arriving?
The first departures that were announced were those of Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno, whose contracts won’t be renewed past their due date at the end of June.
Klopp praised both players saying, “Without them, we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment.”
However, after Sturridge appeared on the pitch only 18 times for the season and Moreno mere two, it was clear their days on the team were numbered.
Shortly after that, the club announced that Adam Bogdan who defended Liverpool’s goal in six games would also be released alongside six academy graduates while five of their fellows were offered contracts.
Aside from the already certain departures, there’s been chatter about several European grands showing interests in the stars of Liverpool FC which has left fans concerned for the completeness of the team that brought the CL trophy back home.
Klopp, however, seems unfazed and confident that his players won’t leave Anfield, saying, “I think the players know what an extraordinary club they’re playing for, so I’m not worried about that.”
The coach has also urged Joël Matip to extend his contract which ends next year, while Virgil van Dijk has expressed willingness to extend his commitment to the team past the current end date in 2023.
As for any newcomers, several names are in circulation, but there’s nothing certain yet.
As for Jurgen Klopp, his current contract expires in 2022, seven seasons after he first stepped onto Anfield.
This brought concern amongst fans, given that the German left the previous two teams he coached—Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05—after seven seasons.
On that, Klopp commented, quoted by The Telegraph back in April: “The only thing with the seven years is it is pure coincidence.”
For a long time talks have been circulating the media about Jurgen eventually departing from Liverpool after his contract ends, including rumours that he will take a one-year sabbatical after 2022.
Again, reports and reality can be two very distinct things, and Klopp seems content with his current club and not for lack of lucrative offers.
German legend and Bayern Munich’s honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has been courting Klopp, expressing a desire on numerous occasions to attract Liverpool’s manager to lead the German club.
Lastly, Beckenbauer reiterated his wish days ago after congratulating Jurgen for the Cup and saying, “I want nothing more than to see Klopp come to Bayern one day, it would be a good fit.”
Our coach, however, has been adamant that he feels well at his current position and has diplomatically responded that, whilst him coming to Bayern is not impossible one day, at the moment he is committed to Liverpool and he is happy here.
At the same time, another German legend and Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed doubts that the Bundesliga will be attractive to Klopp at the moment adding that Bayern currently has a manager, is not looking for a new one, and that he thinks Klopp is presently “in the right place.”
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A very important season is ahead for our team.
After winning the Champions League and coming to a touch away from triumphing in the Premier League, Klopp and his team will surely give their best to top this year’s results.
Sami Saleh already said that the next mission for Liverpool is to raise the Premier League trophy.
Fourteen years after the unforgettable Champions League triumph over Milan, we dominate Europe once again, with football betting website Betway already giving Liverpool 8/1 chance of winning the trophy again in 2020.
After this fantastic 2018/2019, both at home and away, we are expecting nothing less than a full-powered willingness on both the team’s and fans’ part to do our best for Liverpool to repeat the success and surpass it with a Premier League trophy.
The new kits by New Balance have already been revealed, the transfer window is open, and the summer game schedule is available, so we can officially set eyes on the upcoming preparation of the team.
Furthermore, before the beginning of next season the team has two more title games in August—the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup finals—and a bunch of friendlies.
The Reds will stand against Tranmere, Bradford City, Dortmund, Sevilla, Sporting, Napoli, and Lyon in July and against Schalke 04 in August, in a series of friendly games that will test the team’s readiness for what will be one of the most charged seasons for our team.