Can Klopp turn Liverpool back into title contenders next season
This season has not gone the way Jurgen Klopp or Liverpool fans would have anticipated for their team. They were out of the title race from very early in the campaign and they are set to end the year without a trophy. It will be only the second time in the last five years that has happened at the club.
Klopp will have already started planning for the 2023/24 campaign where he will be hoping his side can become title contenders once again. It was only last season that the Merseyside club finished just one point behind Manchester City.
With no major men’s tournament this summer, Klopp can get his full squad back together without any interruptions in pre-season. Liverpool have had more than their fair share of injuries over the last 12 months, so the German will be keeping his fingers crossed that all of his players return without any problems.
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Liverpool have finished the 2022/23 season very strongly, which still gives them a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. As of the 16th of May, they are 5/4 in the football betting for a top-four finish. Regardless of what European football they qualify for, Klopp will be pleased that his side have found some form. If they can carry that into the 2023/24 campaign, it will give them a good chance of coming out of the blocks fast.
Liverpool Still Have Big Stars in Their Squad
Klopp is fortunate to still have one of the best squads in European football. For the third consecutive year, Mo Salah has scored over 30 goals in all competitions. The Egyptian will continue to be supported by Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez next season. In midfield, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott have shown they have big futures at the club. They have both been given opportunities by their manager, and that is likely to continue next season, as James Milner and Arthur are both set to depart.
It was in defence where Klopp had the biggest headache at the start of the 2022/23 campaign. Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate left them vulnerable at the back. If those three players can stay fit, along with Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool will have the stability they need.
Despite not having a settled defensive line in front of him, Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson has had another fantastic season between the sticks. As of the 16th of May, he had 14 clean sheets in the 2022/23 campaign, which was only bettered in the league by David de Gea. The 30-year-old remains one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
Big Transfer Window Ahead for Liverpool
With players leaving his squad this summer, Klopp is sure to look to add some replacements in the upcoming transfer window. He will be pushing his board for the biggest budget possible to help them bridge the gap behind Manchester City and Arsenal. One of the priorities this summer will be to add another goalscorer to the squad to take the pressure off Salah. When Liverpool were at their best, they had Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane all scoring heavily in their front three.
With Mane out of favour at Bayern Munich, a move for their former forward cannot be ruled out. If they were able to secure the services of the Senegal international again, it would be a big boost to their title chances. Mane scored 120 goals for Liverpool during his six years at the club. He would settle right back into the squad very easily, as he has played with the majority of them during his first spell at Anfield.
A player Liverpool have been heavily linked with at the back end of this season is Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister. The Argentine won the World Cup with his country back in 2022. He has been in excellent form for the Seagulls since arriving in the Premier League in 2019. If Liverpool can beat off competition from across Europe for the Brighton player, it would be a real boost to their prospects next season. The 2023/24 Premier League season begins on the 12th of August and it will conclude with the final day fixtures on the 19th of May, 2024.