Danny Murphy rates Liverpool FC’s title chances this season

Danny Murphy has his say on Liverpool FC's Premier League title hopes this season

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Danny Murphy believes that the stage is set for Liverpool FC to challenge for major trophies this season.

The Reds finished in second place in the Premier League table last term as they ended up just a point behind Manchester City in the race for the title.

Liverpool FC did, however, manage to end the campaign on a high by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Champions League final back in June to win their first major trophy under Klopp.

The Merseyside outfit will have their sights firmly set on challenging for the Premier League title once again this season as they look to win the top-flight crown.

Liverpool FC will kick off the new season with a home clash against Norwich City at Anfield on Friday night.

And former Reds midfielder Murphy seems to feel confident that they are poised to challenge for honours, despite them not having made any big-name signings this summer.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Sport, Murphy said: “Liverpool have got a good strength in depth in their squad, in midfield especially, and at the back they have got cover.

“In Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez they have got two new signings in many respects because of how much of last season they missed.

“What you could argue is that the left-back area needs some cover. Andy Robertson is a wonderful player but can he play every game at that intensity again?

“Also, what I would say is that to stay on the same level, and maybe even to move forward, one big one [signing] would make a big difference. You need the ability to keep the front three on their toes.”

He added: “I always say the difference between want and need is that need is if you don’t have a choice. If you want something you have a choice.

“I think they have got a choice, but I think by getting in someone of quality who can be competitive with those three, and at times Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi, it will give them the opportunity to maybe lessen the load which could make a massive difference in the title race.

“It means they are not thinking ‘oh I hope he stays fit’, ‘I hope he’s all right’, or resting players to try and manage their fitness levels.”

He continued: “Now that Liverpool have won the Champions League, they might just think ‘let’s put our eggs in one basket’ [and focus on the Premier League].

“Have Liverpool progressed under Jurgen Klopp? Yes. Are they competing at the top of the Premier League and elite European football? Yes, they are.

“That is all part of the progression for the football club.

“The stadium has been refurbished and developed, the squad is in a healthy position and they have won a massive trophy.

“There are so many positives for them to go on and achieve more success.”

Liverpool FC have only signed teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott as well as back-up goalkeeper Adrian this summer.

The Reds will take on Chelsea FC in the Uefa Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday 14 August.

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