Will Liverpool get their Premier League mojo back in 2021-2022? | Football news
There is certainly an air of uncertainty around Anfield as the new season approaches as fans wonder which Liverpool they will see in 2021-2022 – the team that have unthinkably lost six league games in a row at home, including five without scoring, between January and March this year? Or the team that then went on a 10-game unbeaten streak to sort of seal a top-three spot in May?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be praying for this to be the latest iteration and his players can use the momentum built up since their impressive end in the previous campaign to get them off to a good start this time around, at start with newly promoted Norwich. City on the opening Saturday of the season live on Sky sports.
A huge bright spot for Klopp and his players will be the return of full stadiums when the new season kicks off on August 13, something the Reds haven’t experienced since being knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico. Madrid to Anfield in March 2020.
Another equally significant change from last season when it comes to Klopp and his coaching staff is the expected return to action of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
This defensive trio have all missed much of the last campaign with injury, but have since returned to preseason, though only Matip is close to making an early appearance in the season while the two others regain their full form.
Add to that the £ 36million summer signing of RB Leipzig, Ibrahima Konate, and suddenly Klopp has defensive options to work with again. It will also have the equally important ripple effect of allowing Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to be used in their preferred midfielder roles and not as makeshift center-backs.
In fact, the Liverpool boss might even have the luxury of fielding his top-choice midfielder consisting of Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara – who have only played together once so far, at Everton. last October in the match that saw Van Dijk’s season end prematurely.
The midfielder is a matter of concern, however, with the Reds still set to replace Gini Wijnaldum after his summer stint at Paris Saint-Germain.
Reports suggest Klopp must first offload Xherdan Shaqiri, Sheyi Ojo, Divock Origi, Ben Woodburn, Neco Williams and Loris Karius before he can bring in prime targets such as Youri Tielemans from Leicester City or Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid.
However, even though sporting director Michael Edwards is unable to find buyers for these players, Liverpool should have enough strength in depth to ensure they don’t end next season 17 points behind like last time around.
Liverpool’s first five matches
Norwich City (a) – Saturday August 14, kick off at 5.30 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League
Burnley (h) – Saturday August 21, kick off at 12:30 p.m.
Chelsea (h) – Saturday August 28, kick-off 5.30 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League
Leeds United (a) – Saturday 11th September, kick off 3pm
Crystal Palace (h) – Saturday September 18, kick off at 3 p.m.
Liverpool summer transfers
Ibrahima Konate – RB Leipzig, £ 36million
Georginio wijnaldum – Paris Saint-Germain, free
Harry wilson – Fulham, £ 12million
Marco Grujic – Porto, undisclosed
Adam Lewis – Livingston, loan
Sepp van den Berg – Preston, loan
Paul Glatzel – Tranmere, loan
Liam Coyle – Accrington, free
Joe Hardy – Accrington, Free
Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin, undisclosed