Three players who can inspire Liverpool to the Premier League title
Georginio Wijnaldum, Divock Origi and Loris Karius will have key roles to play in the Liverpool side this season
The most exciting of Jurgen Klopp’s summer signings so far, Georginio Wijnaldum is a player capable of firing Liverpool to the Premier League title. The Reds scored five goals less than reigning champions Leicester City last season. Wijnaldum’s creativity and predatory instincts could make up that deficit. The Netherlands international scored 11 times in 38 games in his first season in the Premier League, matching Roberto Firmino’s tally for the Reds. With Firmino, Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho all capable of chipping in with 10 goals or more in the league, Klopp has plenty of firepower from midfield to complement Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge up front.
The Belgium international really came into his own under Klopp in the final months of the season before a serious ankle injury in the Merseyside derby at the end of April. Origi looked potent in front of goal and was impressively powerful when tasked with outmuscling defenders. While Liverpool supporters know a fit and firing Daniel Sturridge will be vital, Origi offers the element of surprise and is a more robust option than the England striker. If the Belgium international can replicate his run of six goals in six games in March and April then Klopp will have a striker capable of contributing to a title-winning goal tally.
Simon Mignolet finally has some real competition for a first-team place. Adam Bogdan and Brad Jones were sub-par rivals for a starting spot and it is no surprise that the last couple of seasons have seen Simon Mignolet’s form drop with no Pepe Reina breathing down his neck. Loris Karius has made a solid start to life as a Red after keeping four successive clean sheets in pre-season so far. Now Mignolet is back from his summer holidays, it looked like there would be an interesting battle to be Klopp’s first-choice. Karius has the number one shirt but the shot-stopper broke his hand on Thursday, which means the German is set for an eight to 10 weeks on the sidelines. When the Germany Under-21 international is back fit, he will need to prove himself more consistent than Mignolet. If he can do that then Liverpool’s defence will grow in confidence thanks to a renewed faith in their shot-stopper.