Jurgen Klopp was rather dismissive of Manchester United smashing their transfer record to land Paul Pogba, although it’s been Liverpool spending the big bucks this summer as they look to build a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title.
The Reds are second favourites with the best bookmakers on the outright market and are considered the likeliest challengers to Manchester City this season, although we have eleven reasons why Liverpool will not be crowned champions in May.
Liverpool don’t know how to win titles
The last time that the Reds were crowned champions was 1990. Before the Premier League was invented. Before many of you were even born. Since then, it has been a series of false dawns and most of the squad haven’t got experience when it comes to challenging for a championship.
They finished twenty-five points off the pace last season…
Twenty-five points. That’s more than eight wins. Indeed, they went into the last game of the season not being completely certain of their Champions League spot and they’ve got a massive gap to bridge this time around.
…and Manchester City are still very strong
Riyad Mahrez has joined the ranks as Pep Guardiola looks to establish a legacy at the Etihad Stadium. Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are all open to improve, with Kyle Walker and John Stones also blossoming and Bernard Mendy set to shine at left-back.
The team rely too much on Mohamed Salah
Nobody knew that Salah would be THIS good. 32 goals plundered in his first season and ready to pilfer more, although what happens if he gets injured? While Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri can offer something different, Liverpool rely heavily on their Egyptian king.
Expectation levels are ridiculous
The longer Liverpool wait for a league title, the crazier the excitement gets when the Reds get within touching distance. Do we need to mentioned Steven Gerrard slipping? What are the odds on that happening again?
Champions League football can get in the way
Lucky Arsenal and Chelsea who don’t have that problem and might not be too bothered about the Europa League.
Squad depth could still be an issue
OK so the squad is a good deal stronger with the summer arrivals, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for the entire season and there isn’t swathes of cover in positions like central defence, left-back or as a striker.
Liverpool don’t keep enough clean sheets
Yes yes, they might have signed Alisson Becker but Liverpool still conceded 38 goals last season compared to the 27 shipped by Manchester City.
They also run out of steam
How many times did we see Liverpool fly out of the traps last season, only to lose momentum during a game? Their high energy approach is fantastic. However they seem to find it harder to sustain energy levels over a ninety minute period.
They’ll find teams harder to break down
Manchester City have David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to unlock the tightest of defences. Liverpool don’t compare too favourably, with Salah likely to be heavily marked this time around.
Sadio Mane is erratic
We’re confused why people don’t notice this more. While Sadio Mane boasts electric pace and a scorching finish, he’s also a player that can be poor with decision-making and often gets the ball tangled in his feet.