By Matthew Kirby
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
Liverpool may have claimed their claimed their sixth Champions League title in June, but the Premier League continues to prove elusive for the Reds.
Despite their campaign breaking many records, they still found themselves in the runners-up spot, one point behind Manchester City.
Liverpool only lost once and recorded a points tally of 97 – the highest haul of any second placed team in top-flight history – yet they still fell short, so just how do they overtake Pep Guardiola’s side?
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Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané scored 22 goals each and shared the Golden Boot with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Their combination play with Roberto Firmino is imperative, but there is a slight lack of depth.
Divock Origi did a sterling job stepping in to fill the void when required, and scored important goals at big moments, while Xherdan Shaqiri was a bit part player in his first season on Merseyside, but there is now a space to fill in the attacking department after Daniel Sturridge was released.
With Shaqiri’s injury issues likely to cause Klopp headaches, then the Reds should look to draft in replacements and targets in Ligue 1 look to top the shopping list.
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Depay has matured in recent seasons and chipped in with 10 goals and the same number of assists in the French top-flight, while 25-year-old Fekir had an injury-hit campaign that saw him score nine times.
There are also links to forward Nicolas Pépé, who bagged 22 goals for Lille. He would offer a different threat to current back-up Origi with his pace and directness likely to prove useful traits in the Premier League.
The Ivorian is priced up at 15/8 to cross the Channel, and with continued speculation about his future in France, the Reds could well make their move.
After playing 53 games last season, Klopp will know they’ll need to have strength in-depth ahead of another gruelling campaign.
Full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson both played pivotal roles in the Reds’ success. Cover in those areas could also be on the agenda considering they recorded 23 assists between them and Alberto Moreno has since left the club.
With Klopp having a settled first XI, and arguably the best centre-half in the world in Virgil van Dijk, then there is no reason why Liverpool cannot break their Premier League duck this time around, and they’re 5/2 to do just that.