Sepp van den Berg (def) PEC Zwolle; Nathaniel Clyne (def) Southampton – end of loan;
Alberto Moreno (sp) (def) Villareal; Daniel Sturridge (sp) (att) released; Adam Bogdan (gk) released; Connor Randall (def) released; Marko Grujic (mid) Hertha Berlin – on loan; Sheyi Ojo (mid) Glasgow Rangers – on loan; Danny Ings (att) Southampton – loan made permanent;
Despite having their best ever Premier League season, Liverpool’s wait for a domestic title went on (30 years and counting), with the Reds unable to earn enough in the direct matches vs. City last season. Still, winning the Champions League final was a very nice consolation for Klopp’s men.
Apart from a 17-year-old defender, no other signings are made, or expected to be made, and the squad remains pretty much the same as last season. That said, useful back-up options Moreno and Sturridge have left, which could cause depth issues if injuries hit the main players.
Many analyses have been made on Klopp’s coaching style, and after 3 years of positive progression at Dortmund he started falling backwards due to his inability to change personnel or tactics. Some worry that this could happen now with Liverpool, as the way the Reds approach games is well known already and opponents can prepare much better.
Also it is very likely that the 2 big starts on the wings, Mane and Salah, have had their best ever seasons already, the former shone last year, while Salah was a major star 2 years ago. If they are unable to at least replicate their productivity there might be problems.
Still with a rock solid back line and amazing home record, Liverpool remain a force to be reckoned with. Also after a year out injured, Oxlade-Chamberlain hopes to have a strong season, and he could be the new emerging Red star this campaign.
Liverpool are desperate for the Premier League title, with all the efforts expected to go in that direction. Top 4 finish seems guaranteed anyway.