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Impressive summer could help Klopp lead Liverpool on title hunt – 2018/19 Season Preview

After heartbreak in Kiev at the end of last season, Liverpool will be looking to bounce back and contend for major honours again this year.

Read on for our review on the new signings at Liverpool this summer as well as how they might fare this season…

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Manager situation

Jurgen Klopp has undoubtedly brought back the feel-good factor to Anfield and a belief that the Reds are moving in the right direction towards winning trophies.

They came agonisingly close in the Champions League last year, and while back-to-back top four finishes is progress, they’ll be looking to now kick on to the next level.

From his unique style of play that he implements to his personality off the pitch, Klopp has the character to cope with the pressure and has seemingly embraced the responsibility and expectation that comes with being Liverpool boss.

Having been in charge since 2015 though, he’ll know that he has to start winning silverware too and end the barren run having gone so close on many occasions.

Barring a disastrous start, he looks comfortable in his current position, and unlike some of his rivals, that will give him the confidence and space needed to do his job and get Liverpool where they want to be.

Transfers

Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are excellent additions in their own right, but perhaps the most impressive and important will be the arrival of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.

Provided that he settles in England and replicates the form he showed at Roma last season, he could make a huge difference to Liverpool’s fortunes.

Not only could he offer the reliability and trust that has been missing in recent years, with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius guilty of their fair share of blunders, but his technical quality and distribution will also potentially be crucial in helping Liverpool build from the back.

Klopp has identified the weak areas in his squad and has bought sensibly with the resources at his disposal. Now it’s about ensuring that the new faces have the desired impact.

MVP

After his stunning first season with Liverpool, all eyes will be on Mohamed Salah to see whether or not he can deliver again and prove that he isn’t just a one-season hit on Merseyside.

44 goals and 16 assists in 52 appearances last season, he was an instant talisman for Klopp, and it could be crucial for the Reds in their pursuit of trophies that Salah replicates that kind of form again.

Others will also have to step up and not leave all the responsibility to him, but he remains the leading figure in attack and will look to fire Liverpool to success.

Rising Star

Trent Alexander-Arnold has already made a big impression, but the 19-year-old could now get the entire season to prove himself and develop his game further.

He’s already got 26 Premier League games to his name as well as two caps for England, and the teenager promises to only get better with more playing time and the faith of his manager.

Other youngsters will be hoping to make a breakthrough this season, but Alexander-Arnold seems best placed to have a real impact.

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