Three reasons Liverpool can challenge for Premier League title
Here are three reasons why Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title next season
The Klopp factor
Liverpool have, in Jurgen Klopp, a manager with title-winning pedigree. The 48-year-old rebelled against Bayern Munich’s dominance of the Bundesliga to win two top-flight crowns in 2011 and 2012. This feat should provide Liverpool supporters with encouragement as the Merseyside outfit look to battle the mite of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. Of course, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur shouldn’t be discounted from the equation, too. Unlike his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, Klopp knows what it takes to win titles and should be able to temper his squad’s emotions should Liverpool get to within striking distance of ending their 26-year drought.
No European distractions
Many Liverpool supporters will already be optimistic about a title challenge after recalling what happened the last time the Reds didn’t have any European football to sap their domestic efforts. In 2013/14, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez rallied the Liverpool troops to play some of the club’s most-exciting football in the Premier League era. Unfortunately the captain’s slip and a second-half collapse at Crystal Palace put an end to their hopes of title glory but it can at least provide Klopp’s current squad with encouragement and show what is possible despite missing out on the bright lights of European nights.
Klopp doesn’t have Suarez to count upon next term but Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are two of the remaining chess pieces from that Liverpool title charge in 2014. Roberto Firmino flourished under Klopp despite being a Rodgers signing. Now, the Liverpool boss has signed Sadio Mane in a £30m deal from Southampton. The Senegal international’s speed will be a welcome addition to a Liverpool side not blessed with a tremendous amount of natural pace.