What is with great teams and their will to perform consistently? Is it their insatiable hunger to outperform themselves on the road to eminent glory? Is it their unparalleled yearning to not be a one-year wonder?
For me, it’s a combination of all of the above.
Look at the great Australian cricket team of the late 1990s and the 2000s which won three World Cups in a row right from 1999 to 2003 to 2007, possibly outperforming themselves each time.
Closer to the sport at hand, look at Manchester City’s climb to uncharted terrains by winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
However, the Citizens couldn’t do a three-peat as a spirited Liverpool team romped to the Premier League title in the recently-concluded season, thereby becoming the champions of England for the first time in 30 years.
So, does Liverpool have it in them to win another league title next season? Well, I would say the answer is an affirmative and reverting, yes.
Here is an attempt to showcase the ingredients which can make it possible.
The Jurgen Klopp effect shall continue
Recently, I heard some say that Jurgen Klopp has overachieved with this Liverpool team.
Well, one shouldn’t be surprised with the Reds having accomplished the famed treble of the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and now the Premier League.
But truth be told, its actually not about overachieving as it is about the belief to conquer every adversity that Jurgen Klopp has instilled in this Liverpool unit.
His man management skills, tactical acumen, game day strategies and the heavy metal brand of football is worth every praise in the book.
What’s more, the respect he commands from his players, just gets them to give more than a hundred percent each time they take the field.
So, when the belief is there what can stop you from winning, again.
Nucleus of Liverpool will be intact
Good things as we have seen, are bound to happen, when there are players who are willing to go the extra mile to soar higher each time they play.
Well, the Merseyside club are blessed in abundance with such talents and Jurgen Klopp has the wisdom of keeping the nucleus the same.
Alisson Becker, the Liverpool goalkeeper, kept 13 clean sheets in 29 Premier League appearances in 2019-20.
Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson – the defensive trio – are more than resilient to keep the best attacks off the score sheet.
Captain courageous Jordan Henderson along with James Milner and Fabinho in the midfield press forward and defend resolutely as the situation demands.
The attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have become the world’s envy and Liverpool’s pride.
What’s more, with the perfect mix of seasoned talents such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, and youngsters, the likes of Curtis Jones and Takumi Minamino in the squad, Liverpool are definitely one of the prime contenders for the Premier League title next season too.
Possible additions in the transfer window
With central defender Dejan Lovren moving to Zenit Saint Petersburg, Liverpool have been credited with showing interest in Real Betis defender, Aissa Mendi.
The Spanish club are open to the idea of selling the defender if Liverpool bump their initial £9m offer by an additional £1.8m.
Also, Divock Origi is attracting interest from Aston Villa and if the Belgian does leave Anfield, Jurgen Klopp wants to bring in Wolves forward Raul Jimenez.
But the German tactician and the Liverpool hierarchy are not on the same page regarding the Mexican international.
Earlier, Liverpool missed out on Timo Werner, who joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig instead.
And with Adam Lallana joining Brighton and Xherdan Shaqiri also tipped to leave the club, Liverpool need to considerably strengthen their bench.
In time, we would know which players walk through the doors at Anfield and one can surely depend on Jurgen Klopp’s judgement to fill the void going forward.
What’s more, come next season the champions of England will play in a new Nike kit, a vibrant red matched with a hint of white and green on the collar and sleeves.
To conclude, as a loyal Kopite, besides the Premier League title, I would also want Liverpool to win the Champions League and the FA Cup next season.
When the team have the desire and the drive to keep winning, as a Liverpool faithful, it’s our responsibility to support them like we always have so that they truly know ‘You’ll Never walk alone’ because they also never win alone.
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