I think our squad is good enough to win the title, but I do have my concerns
Here’s my assessment:
We have the best goalkeeper in the world imo. Adrian is not reliable but he is capable of making some good saves. I like Kelleher and right now he is my (and it seems Klopp’s) #2. We’re fine in the goalkeeping department.
In terms of centre back, we have the best set of 4 in the league and probably the world. The only issue is that Matip is injury prone and so is Gomez. Konate has had his injury issues as well. I like Phillips but I think it’s best if he goes. Williams makes sense for 5th choice. I’m happy with our centre back options. We COULD have another injury crisis, but I think we will be alright.
I think we’re set at left back. I didn’t think Robertson had the best season last year, so Tsimikas should hopefully make him kick back on to his previous level once he returns. Tsimikas had a mostly good game against Norwich imo, and he has the speed and play style to fit in well with our style of play. We also have (an old!) Milner if needed.
Out of all the positions at the back, I’d say we’re weakest at right back. Trent is amazing and is an automatic starter due to how much influence he has on our play, so it’s going to be difficult to get a good back up when that player knows they aren’t going to play much.
I’m not a massive fan of Neco Williams but he has had some good performances in the past and hopefully now with him being a bit older he can improve. He’s not going to push Trent though, and our level is going to drop if Trent gets injured and Neco comes in. We will just have to alter our tactics a bit, because there’s very few full backs who can do what Trent does.
Outside of TAA and Neco, we have Milner and Gomez. Milner is old and full back is usually a young man’s position, but if he has to fill in there I won’t be too worried. Gomez is a good right back but his best position is obviously CB. I worry about Gomez getting injured playing RB, but if we had a big away game and Trent was out, I’d be fine with putting Gomez in at RB.
The midfield is my biggest worry with this squad. Our starting three is very, very good; perhaps the best in the league. Fab, Hendo, Thiago is a very good midfield. I rate Keita but his injury issues are a big concern. It just hasn’t really worked out so far, but I thought he was excellent against Norwich and I think there’s a section of the fan base that completely ignores the good things when it comes to him.
After the 4 players I mentioned, there is a drop off. Milner always manages to surprise me. I thought he had a really solid game against Real Madrid in the CL game at Anfield. I think he still has something to offer, but he could get old overnight. Great player to have in the squad though.
I like Ox and I understand that it’s a good idea to keep him because of the home grown rules, but he’s never found any kind of consistency following his injury against Man City. He at least offers something different to our midfield and is one of the few players in the team who has a good shot from outside the box. I’d love to see him somehow return to the level he was at during his first season, but I don’t have much confidence that he is going to be able to do that. I thought he was poor against Norwich.
I like Jones and Elliot. Jones gained a lot of experience last season and Elliot has very good passing ability and is really good for his age. Elliot is obviously unproven at this level though. I want to see the young players getting games but I don’t want the manager to have to rely on them too much due to injuries etc.
Woodburn might get some chances in the league cup etc. I’m not really going to consider him as a serious option right now though.
I think our main issue in the midfield is that we have injury prone players. Henderson, Keita, and Ox are all known for having had injury issues. Thiago has also had some issues in the past, although getting clamped by Richarlison is pretty much always going to result in an injury.
Gini was very rarely injured. His engine was also very good. If Henderson and Keita are out, I worry about our pressing ability and stamina in the middle of the park. I know we have Milner, but he’s 35. I would like to see another signing who has similar qualities to Gini and has a good engine. I’m not going to lose too much sleep if we don’t sign another midfielder, but it would give me more confidence.
A lot of people are against signing Sanches due to his struggles at club level and his injury record, but I think he’s very talented. It would be a risky signing but if Klopp wants him then I will support that decision.
Nandez is an interesting player who is wanted by Spurs. I have seen him play for Uruguay and I have also caught him a couple of times when watching Serie A. He has a really good engine and is a versatile player who can also fill in at right back. I like what I have seen of him, but I wouldn’t be able to say with confidence whether I believe he’d be able to step up to this level.
I like Bissouma and it seems that we have had some interest. It looks like he might cost quite a lot though.
Onto the forward positions:
We have four great options. I’m very happy with Salah, Mane, Firmino, Jota. There’s a big drop off after that though. I like Shaqiri a lot but he’s doesn’t really fit our 433. He is more of a midfielder who creates chances than he is a forward in a Klopp 433. I think he should go for his own benefit. Elliot is a built in replacement who will have a lot of time to build his game around becoming a CM in Klopp’s system.
I love what Origi has done for us but he’s unable to push for a starting spot and he’s not a natural fit in this system. I’d sell him if we got a decent fee.
I like Minamino. In the 433, I see him as a false 9 or an inverted LW similar to Coutinho. He could play as a 10 or off the left in a 4231. I don’t see him being utilised as a number 8 in the 433. Perhaps in the odd home game against a smaller team Klopp would consider it. I think Minamino’s a good squad option who could really kick on.
I wouldn’t mind seeing one more forward player come in. I’d personally lean more towards a pacey winger than a central player. The player should also be under the age of 25. Probably closer to 20 than 25.
This wraps up my long assessment of the squad. Even if we don’t make any more additions, I think we will win the league as long we don’t have injuries to key players in midfield. Winning it this season would be a real achievement considering the amount of money our rivals have spent. We are also a big threat in the champions league.
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