Three things to look forward to ahead of the 2021/22 season

With the new season fast approaching, the feeling of hope has returned for many Reds supporters heading into the next ten months of the unpredictable rollercoaster that is football. SAM JONES discusses the key points.

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With the 2020/21 season proving to be a campaign to forget for the Reds, attention for many swiftly switched to the new campaign before the last was even over.

A season plagued with major injuries, heart break and the tragic ending of the long unbeaten Anfield run; many will be hoping for the new season to give the fresh start many are looking for, whilst the hope is there that more silverware can make its way to Anfield by the end of the campaign.


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Klopp looks relaxed after the first few friendlies and looks raring to go again come mid-August. With many pundits counting his side out before the season begins, he will be looking to go under the radar and pull off another masterpiece of club management.

With plenty of optimism going into the new campaign, here are three things we as fans should be looking forward too ahead of the start of the big kick-off:

The Return of van Dijk & Gomez

Arguably, the biggest talking point throughout the entirety of last season was the lack of defensive cover once the two starters suffered season ending injuries. Whenever the team struggled it was always “that wouldn’t have happened if van Dijk was playing” or “Gomez would have done better”. The commanding presence and leadership that both bring – especially the Dutchman – was sorely missed.

Since arriving from Southampton and Charlton respectively, both have gone from strength to strength, each growing into dependable colossus’s at the back, becoming two of the greatest defenders in world football. Anybody debating this statement hasn’t clearly watched much football this past three years.

At times last season, Liverpool clearly lacked a big pass from deep, something that van Dijk and Gomez could do with their eyes closed. Their lack of presence from set pieces was also another weakness that developed during the final six months of the season. With the return of the duo – and acquisition of Ibrahima Konaté – this should be a worry of the past.

With six fully fit centre halves, Klopp now has a situation where he has an embarrassment of riches in the position. If van Dijk and Gomez can recapture the form they had before there injuries, then the Reds will be in good place indeed come the business end.

Thiago in Full Swing

The signing of Thiago Alcantara was one surrounded by a mass fan fair. The excitement from fans and pundits alike was uncontrollable. Liverpool acquiring such a world-class player who, two months prior, had won the Champions League with Bayern Munich, was an unbelievable piece of business by Edwards and co. A household name like Thiago doesn’t often come available, let alone for a fee as small as €20 million.

Thiago is clearly a midfielder of the highest calibre but struggled to find his best form on Merseyside following a knee injury against Everton in October 2020. It was only his second appearance – and first start – for the Reds before a woeful tackle saw his season halted.

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Upon his return – and after a solid run of performances – Thiago established himself within the Reds midfield and proved to be Liverpool’s best player over the last ten games of the season, his class and composure proving key components in much of the side’s late success.

If Thiago can keep up his fine form and continue to pull the strings – paired with the steel of Fabinho and the energy of Henderson – Liverpool could have the most formidable midfield in the league next term.

New Signings

Everyone’s favourite part about a new season is transfers, right?

Liverpool have already confirmed the signing of the already mentioned – and madly loved – “Ibou” Konate from RB Leipzig, with reports saying there will be at least two more arrivals at Anfield before the window closes.

With the likes of Renato Sanches, Florian Neuhaus, Saúl Ñíguez and Jarred Bowen all being eyed up for a move to Anfield, the final few weeks are going to be exciting and anxious as ever. Even then, there might be players that the Reds are interested in that we simply don’t know anything about yet, such is the mystery behind Edwards’ transfer dealings.

With the likes of Renato Sanches, Florian Neuhaus, Saúl Ñíguez and Jarred Bowen all being eyed up for a move to Anfield, the final few weeks are going to be exciting and anxious as ever. Even then, there might be players that the Reds are interested in that we simply don’t know anything about yet, such is the mystery behind Edwards’ transfer dealings.

It is a window that could well define the club’s season. Hopefully, the management can make the right decisions that can help the team challenge for major honours this season.


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