Football Article, Contents and News Five problems facing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp before Premier League kick-off – Mirror Online Posted on by geoves
The 2018/19 season was one to remember for Liverpool .
Despite the heartache of narrowly missing out on a maiden Premier League title to Manchester City , the Reds recovered quickly to beat Tottenham to become champions of Europe for a sixth time.
It was a huge win for the club, and for manager Jurgen Klopp – who finally managed to win the Champions League after six cup final defeats on the bounce, including three with Liverpool.
After collecting their first trophy in seven years, the Reds now have something to show for their work under Klopp’s regime.
But next season will present new challenges for the Anfield club.
Here’s five things that could stand in their way… It’s a huge season for Liverpool (Image: REUTERS) Complacency
Liverpool were sensational last season, amassing an astonishing 97 points in the Premier League, only bettered by a magnificent Man City side with 98 points.
The Reds only lost once in the league all season and showed impressive mental toughness to challenge City all the way to the finish.
That being said, Liverpool must keep this mentality and intensity going into the 2018/19 season if they are to challenge for the title again.
City showed last season that they will capitalise on any mistakes or slip-ups from Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s side recovered from a seven-point deficit and went on a remarkable 14-match winning run to win the title.
It’s crucial that the Reds don’t let the same thing happen again. Injuries Losing any of their key players could prove costly (Image: REUTERS)
Liverpool have squad depth now, something that was sorely lacking previously – especially before Jurgen Klopp’s arrival.
That being said, injuries to key players such as Allison, Virgil Van Dijk or any of the front three will be problematic for Klopp.
Those players provide the spine of Liverpool’s team and their contribution is one of the main reasons why the red half of Merseyside now have a team contending for the title.
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There was a significant gulf in class throughout the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool were far superior to the rest of the field as the Reds finished an astonishing 25 points ahead of Chelsea in third place.
Even if Liverpool and City were to finish in the top two again, they will face stiffer competition this year from the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal , Chelsea and Manchester United who are all looking to improve on last season’s showing.
Liverpool, along with City, had the luxury of knowing there was little challenge coming from behind them in the table from early on in the campaign.
But both sides should expect to be pushed further than they were last time round.
Juggling act The Reds now have to defend their European crown (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
Next season will present a demanding set of challenges for Liverpool.
First, trying to climb the mountain of winning the Premier League title – but also while trying to defend their Champions League crown.
Real Madrid are the only team in the last 30 years to have won the domestic title while retaining the European Cup (achieving the feat twice).
The last time Liverpool won the Champions League, the following season they were eliminated from the competition shortly after the group stage.
They will want to perform well in both competitions and have a squad competent enough to do so.
But the pressure of defending a major trophy could well take its toll. Pressure There will be added pressure on the Reds this season (Image: Getty Images)
There was a lot of scrutiny on Jurgen Klopp’s men when they were leading the Premier League at Christmas – with fans and the media suggesting it could be Liverpool’s year.
However, Liverpool are the only side who have failed to win the Premier League after being top at Christmas.
That added pressure certainly added fuel to the fire during Liverpool’s quest for the title – and that’s only going to intensify this season.
The Reds faithful are anxious to see their team get over the line and lift the one trophy that eludes them.
Liverpool fans will know that this season could potentially be Liverpool’s best chance to win the league with only City looking likely to stand in their way.
The Kop will continue to get behind the team but the players will certainly feel the weight of expectation from the stands and beyond. .