Liverpool head into the 2019/20 Premier League campaign aiming to put last season’s disappointment firmly behind them.
The Reds missed a golden opportunity last term, blowing a 10-point advantage over Manchester City to end the season as runners-up.
They are amongst the front-runners on many betting sites to gain their revenge this season and end their long wait to win the Premier League. Read on as we assess Liverpool’s future plans about the title hopes this season.
Lack of transfer activity is worrying
Liverpool’s success in last season’s Champions League showed that they have a team that is capable of beating anyone on their day.
However, their failure to improve their squad this summer could prove to be a big mistake over the course of the upcoming season.
All of their title rivals have made significant signings during the transfer window and standing still in the Premier League is a tactic that rarely works.
Liverpool still haven’t totally eradicated their ability to throw in inconsistent results from their make-up and failing to sign new players may be their undoing this season.
Liverpool finish on a high after poor pre-season
Defeats against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli have not been the ideal preparation for the new Premier League season.
Liverpool looked better in their final pre-season match, with Klopp’s side securing a comfortable 3-1 victory over Lyon.
Goalkeeper Alisson gifted the Ligue 1 side an early lead, but a smart finish by Roberto Firmino brought the Reds level.
A Joachim Andersen own goal and a stunner from Harry Wilson secured the win for Liverpool, but they still looked short of their best form.
Reds can’t afford a slow start
With the rest of the ‘Big Six’ improving their squads it is imperative that Liverpool get off to a flying start this season.
Opening fixtures against Norwich City (H) and Southampton (A) both look winnable, but Klopp’s side could find things difficult against Arsenal (H) in their third match.
Subsequent fixtures against Burnley (A) and Newcastle United (H) should be comfortable, leaving the Reds in good shape for their visit to Chelsea on September 22.
With City having been handed a favourable opening few fixtures, Liverpool can ill-afford any early slip-ups if they want to mount a serious title challenge.