The English Premier League may be a global product but here in the USA it is not something that too many people are interested in, at least people who I know. Aside from my friend and Liverpool fan Dayanna Volitich, there is nobody else that I can have a good debate with when it comes to the EPL. I was chatting to Dayanna last week about Liverpool’s chances this year and here are her, somewhat biased, predictions on where she thinks the Reds will finish up come the end of the season.
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Conceding that the Premier League title will simply be a bridge too far for her beloved Liveprool, my friend believes that they will run Manchester City closer than anyone else in the league and finish in second spot. The issue with Liverpool last year is that they lost far too many games from winning positions and they were generally considered as being quite soft in the middle. The acquisition last January of Virgil van Dijk however, plus the addition of Brazilian shot-stopper Allisson in the summer have greatly changed this fact. Liverpool are now defensively solid and they look a different beast from last year. City will likely win, but the Reds won’t be far behind.
Liverpool were given the group of death in the Champions League this year with moneybags PSG, Red Star Belgrade and Napoli. Liverpool looked to be cruising but an away loss to Red Star has put them in danger of not qualifying. In spite of the struggle, my friend believes that Liverpool beat PSG in the Parc des Princes and get as far as the semi-finals of the tournament. Liverpool don’t look as formidable in attack as they were last year and with Man City and Barcelona in fine form, Liverpool will have to settle with a semi-final knockout.
The belief here is that Liverpool will win the FA Cup this year, especially after they were knocked out of the Caribao Cup at the hands of a from idle Chelsea side. Jurgen Klopp may very well field a slightly weaker side in the FA Cup given the team’s responsibilities in the league and in the Champions League, but he has already shown that the second Liverpool team is filled with a huge amount of talent. Perhaps the bug guns will come back into the team in the latter stages, especially if the drop out of the Champions League, nonetheless Liverpool should be nailed on to lift the FA Cup once again.
Unless there is an injury crisis at Liverpool my friend sees no reason why they will need to do any business in January, save for off loading a player or two given the chance. Liverpool have worked hard in the summer to patch holes in the team indicating that any business in January wouldn’t be worthwhile.
What are your expectations for Liverpool this year?