It has been an emotional roller coaster for Liverpool fans over the last 30 years. Finally the waiting is over, and Reds fans around the world can rejoice at being English Premier League champions. Now that Liverpool have won the league, we can’t help but wonder what is next on the agenda for the team’s charismatic manager, Jurgen Klopp.
One of the biggest concerns for many Liverpool fans watching their team’s performances after being crowned champions was the lackluster effort. Klopp may have maintained his players were giving their all, but results on the pitch begged to differ. Liverpool fans will be hoping these performances are not a sign of things to come next season, but merely a team relaxing after accomplishing an amazing title victory.
The first thing Klopp must address for the next season is to make sure his players have forgotten about celebrating, and they are ready for the fight once more. Other teams will be getting stronger, so it’s up to Liverpool to defend their crown.
Attacking, Not Defending
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe his team will be defending their crown like many other teams before them. Instead, the German manager wants his team to start the 2020-21 season by attacking the title, like they did this last season.
Liverpool’s players have been commended for their mentality in capturing the title, with the team never giving up until the final whistle. That attitude saw the team win the Premier League with an unprecedented seven games to spare.
Filling The Gaps
Liverpool have already announced the departures of longstanding players Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. That leaves some gaps in an already thin squad, so Klopp’s priority must be to add some new faces to the locker room.
Klopp may be publicly claiming the youth players at the club are good enough to step up, but realistically, he needs to buy a few players. Cover in defense is key, while an extra attacking player to challenge the dynamic trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane is a must.
Keeping The Fans Happy
Putting Liverpool back at the top of the English Premier League is an impressive feat achieved by Klopp, especially considering the financial power of their rivals. Manchester City and United, alongside Chelsea, will all be adding quality players to their rosters in the offseason, and Liverpool must try to keep up.
Liverpool’s executives have already shown they aren’t willing to spend big in this uncertain market by opting not to buy Timo Werner in the summer, losing him to Chelsea. Liverpool fans have been patient for three decades, but now their team is finally back at the top, they want them to stay there. To keep the fans happy, it will require reinforcements.
Of course, many fans will be happy with winning the league this season, but those fond memories will fade if Liverpool cannot put up a fight next season. Klopp has proven he knows what he’s doing, but his next steps must be to make his team even stronger.