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Liverpool must add to their squad to compete again next season

26 June 2019 | Premier League | Opinion
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Liverpool must add to their squad to compete again next season
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Strength in depth will be key to The Red’s chances of challenging for the Premier League title.

Liverpool capped off an incredible season by lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. They also narrowly missed out on the Premier League title as they finished just one point behind champions Manchester City after losing once in the league all season.

Liverpool’s tally of 97 points would have been enough to win the Premier League in 25 of the past 27 seasons and Manchester City’s strength in depth has been widely regarded as the biggest difference between the two sides.

Despite Liverpool’s outstanding 2018/19 campaign, they will need to add to their squad if they are to compete with Manchester City again next season.

Let’s take a look at the two areas where Liverpool need to strengthen and some possible candidates that could be brought in to fill the gaps.

A creative midfielder

Liverpool are already spoilt for choice in midfield but they were often accused of being one dimensional last season. In Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Fabinho, they possess a number of hard working and industrious midfielders but they all do a very similar job for the team.

Xherdan Shaqiri began last season in fine form but fell out of favor with manager Jurgen Klopp as the campaign progressed. They lacked someone who was capable of unlocking defenses with a killer pass and need a midfielder who is able to consistently chip in with goals and assists.

Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes certainly fits the mold and has been linked with a move to Anfield. The 24-year-old bagged and incredible 26 goals from midfield last term and would add a different element to Liverpool’s game.

Spain international Isco is another option. He looks set to leave Real Madrid this summer and would be an excellent addition to their squad.

Competition up front

Liverpool’s attacking trio is very settled. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are all guaranteed to start when fit. However, there isn’t any real threat to their places in the starting eleven and the lack of competition isn’t ideal for Klopp.

Divock Origi came off the bench to score a number of important goals last season but the level of play noticeably dropped whenever one of the preferred front three left the field.

There is a feeling that Liverpool need to sign another world class forward in order to reduce the risk of any complacency sneaking into the squad.

Memphis Depay could be the man to keep Liverpool’s attackers on their toes. The Dutchman has a point to prove in England after a wretched spell with Manchester United but has been unrecognizable since his move to Lyon, scoring goals for fun.

Leroy Sane is also reportedly on Liverpool’s radar. With the winger not getting as much game time as he would like at Manchester City, he may be looking for a move elsewhere and would certainly be welcomed at Anfield.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Liverpool 86 32 28 2 2 70 25 45
2. Manchester City 66 32 21 3 8 81 33 48
3. Leicester City 58 33 17 7 9 63 31 32
4. Chelsea 57 33 17 6 10 60 44 16
5. Manchester United 55 33 15 10 8 56 33 23
6. Wolverhampton 52 33 13 13 7 45 36 9
7. Arsenal 49 33 12 13 8 49 41 8
8. Sheffield United 47 32 12 11 9 33 32 1
9. Tottenham 45 32 12 9 11 51 44 7
10. Burnley 45 32 13 6 13 36 45 -9
11. Everton 44 32 12 8 12 40 47 -7
12. Newcastle United 42 32 11 9 12 33 43 -10
13. Crystal Palace 42 33 11 9 13 28 40 -12
14. Southampton 40 32 12 4 16 41 55 -14
15. Brighton 36 33 8 12 13 35 44 -9
16. West Ham 30 32 8 6 18 38 56 -18
17. Watford 28 33 6 10 17 29 52 -23
18. Aston Villa 27 32 7 6 19 36 60 -24
19. Bournemouth 27 33 7 6 20 32 59 -27
20. Norwich City 21 33 5 6 22 25 61 -36

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