The new season is almost upon us at last, with the Reds set to kick off their Premier League campaign against Norwich City in around a week’s time.
Before that, the curtain-raiser against Manchester City at Wembley must be traversed, of course, but that often feels like more of a pre-season friendly than anything else, with many players not back from summer breaks, and several more yet to hit peak form.
Ahead of the new season kicking off, Empire of the Kop have made some bold predictions for the months to come.
Brewster to net double figures
Perhaps the biggest winner in pre-season, Rhian Brewster looks all set to emerge onto the big stage this year having recovered from his serious injury setback. With Daniel Sturridge departed, the teenager is going to get chances – and with his talent, he might well take them with both hands.
Brewster will get minutes here and there in the Premier League and the Champions League, but his main chances to shine from the start are likely to come in cup fixtures.
He has shown his finishing ability and confidence so far in this summer – and he could definitely get more than 10 across the season proper in all competitions.
Reds to win more than three trophies
With seven titles to play for this upcoming season – starting at Wembley this weekend – the Reds will have plenty of chances to pick up more silverware having got a taste for it last year.
The Premier League is the main goal, while the Champions League is a realistic ambition to retain. Along with the Community Shield, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, as well as the two domestic trophies, the Reds could be set for a bumper year in terms of trophy lifting.
Not one will be a foregone conclusion, but the Reds should be able to get at least two in the bag. Hitting three would be a decent return – while more than that is not unrealistic.
Salah to tear the league up
Mo Salah has been nothing short of sensational over the last couple of years, but he was not the outright winner of the Premier League Golden Boot last season, having to share the accolade with fellow African heroes Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Next season, though, he will be determined to better his tally of 22 from last year – 10 short of his record-breaking total for 2017/18 – and the Egyptian could well surpass it, getting over 30 once again.
As a result of that goalscoring, he will also be among the favourites to pick up the PFA Player of the Year award once again, taking it back from Virgil van Dijk and making it three consecutive years victorious for Reds players. Individual honours are not the main goal, of course, but they are a by-product of team successes.
Whether any of those predictions come true or not, it’s all set to be an exciting campaign.