So lets start where we left off last season though its a memory I’d rather forget, the Champions League Final in Kiev! I was so excited on this day because i knew this was our 6th European trophy but as 90 minutes has it, it was not meant to be! Instead Salah got a shoulder injury and Karius got a concussion that he himself didn’t know hence the 3-1 defeat in the hands of Real Madrid. Our bench was so weak that after Mo’s injury we did not have a game changer and then Liverpool fans hearts were crashed. Personally it took me almost a week to come into terms with it and then fast-forward about 3 weeks a new signing was introduced, Fabinho!
Klopp understood that he had to do his business early so that the team would gel properly during the pre-season. Now since i started supporting Liverpool we’ve always lacked balance in the team for example to many attacking midfielders or attacking players and very few defenders and defensive midfielders but now its shaping up! Enter Fabinho tall, Nzonzi-like player who protects the defense. A player who can provide cover for the defense and also win tackles and direct the attacks. His skills will be really valuable because of the numbers Liverpool commit forward both in attacking and pressing. He is yet to feature but cant wait to see him!
Then enter Naby Keita a player Klopp was patient enough to wait for and he has not disappointed so far! A midfield maestro in attacking, tackling, dribbling casing point crystal palace’s Townsend who was left for dead after Keita nicked the ball away from him. A very talented player that will but only flourish under Klopp. He can also play a defensive role when required to. A very rounded player that Klopp can utilize in different roles. I’m very excited to see how he embodies the number 8 left by the one and only Steven Gerrard.
Another signing that personally i saw coming, Shaqiri. A very talented player who is yet to reach his peak. I’ve always been impressed by him when he was at Stoke. A player that can be used in the creative role and also doesn’t mind taking long shots at goal! He was able to stand out in the mediocre team last season. I think he will be a game changer in those cagey games and a very capable backup for the front 3. He already scored a worldie goal in pre season and can’t wait for those crazy and out of this world goals. I think under Klopp he is going to be class!
Then finally a Goalkeeper!! A position that Liverpool has struggled to fill since Reina. At some point i didn’t think Liverpool would bid because of the price tag. Again Klopp knew what he wanted and got him hence Allison! A very confident Thor- like goalkeeper that exudes calmness and control and of course has the Brazilian flair. His distributions so far have been mouth watering, something that an be utilized when building attacks. His reflexes are very good casing point the saves he made against Brighton and Crystal Palace.In those games Liverpool proved that they can manage these types of games and avoid conceding late goals that cost us points last season. Virgil has been brilliant in defense and Mane looks sharp. The team is now coming together!
So far 9 points and 0 goals conceded! What can i say, its going to be an interesting season and i cant wait to see how far we go!