Ahead of the new season, we look at Liverpool’s strengths, weaknesses and what the targets will be for boss Jurgen Klopp…
Last season was statically Liverpool’s best-ever top-flight campaign, so how does Jurgen Klopp’s side better that feat? By going and retaining their title for the first time in 37 years.
Liverpool smashed a whole host of records on their way to winning a first league championship since 1990 last time around, but their manager has never been one to rest on his laurels.
The German will know the rest of the Premier League will be desperate to cut his team down to size and claim their scalp this season, while deposed champions Manchester City will surely not be so flaky again after losing nine matches in their failed title defence.
However, despite not having the Anfield crowd to support them – at least for the opening months of 2020/21 – there is no reason to think Liverpool will not be as relentless as in the past two seasons during which time they have accumulated an incredible 196 points, while losing only four times.
Where they stand?
When the season was temporarily halted due to the outbreak of coronavirus back in March, Liverpool had only recently lost their first league match of the campaign, a shock 3-0 reverse at lowly Watford ending their record-breaking start of the season.
Two more defeats arrived following the resumption of activities in June to end the club’s hopes of surpassing City’s record-breaking 100-point haul from two years earlier, including a 4-0 hiding at the Etihad at the start of July.
However, both those setbacks – the second a 2-1 loss at Arsenal – came after the championship had been confirmed, so reading too much into the club’s subsequent drop off in form in relation to the upcoming campaign may be unwise. Continue reading