Last season, Liverpool finished 8th in the Premier League and that was enough to suggest that Klopp needs to make some changes. A few new signings and some tactical changes would bring some freshness to the squad. Klopp has made 4 signings so far and all 4 are expected to make it to the starting eleven next season. Here is the predicted line-up for the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Goalkeeper – Loris Karius
Simon Mignolet was Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper for the last 3 seasons. But he is very error prone and so Klopp’s first task was to sign a goalkeeper. Loris was signed from Mainz this summer after he had a very good season with the German club. Mignolet was given a lot of chances but now Loris will surely take his place.
Centre Backs – Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip
Lovren was a revelation under Klopp. He has impressed with his performances and has shown that the team needs him. He will surely be in the starting eleven. Joel Matip, Liverpool’s latest signing will also make it to the first team. He had a very good season for Schalke and will be a defensive boost for Liverpool. Sakho’s ban is still uncertain and so Matip will be the first choice centre back. Lovren and Matip are expected to form a stable partnership at the back for Liverpool.
Right Back – Nathaniel Clyne
Nathaniel Clyne was Liverpool’s most consistent player. He was very impressive in his first season at Liverpool. His contributions, attackingly as well as defensively, were very vital and he will be expected to repeat, if not better, last season’s performances. He will be Liverpool’s first choice right back.
Left Back – Joe Gomez
Alberto Moreno had a poor season, with the Spaniard failing to fulfill his defensive duties. Most of Liverpool fans want to see his back but Liverpool still haven’t found a replacement. In the beginning of last season, Joe Gomez was Liverpool’s first choice left back. But an injury sidelined him for the majority of the season and Alberto Moreno became the first choice left back. Gomez was impressive and Klopp must start with the young Englishman at the left back position.
Central Midfielder – Emre Can and Joe Allen
Emre Can was a stalwart for Liverpool in the central midfield last season. He was very vital for the club in the middle of the park. His attacking threat as well as his defensive stability made him a key figure in the squad. He will surely occupy one place in the central midfield. For the 2nd position, there is a competition between James Milner, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Marko Grujic. Allen was the most impressive of the lot and is in great form. He should be played alongside Emre Can to form a perfect pivot for Liverpool in central midfield.
Attacking Midfielders – Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino
Jurgen Klopp has signed Sadio Mane from Southamptton and he will immediately get a place in the starting eleven next season. He will play on the right with the Brazilian duo of Coutinho and Firmino taking positions in the centre and on the left. Coutinho was Liverpool’s best player last season and he will be very important for Liverpool’s top-4 ambitions next season. Firmino took some time to adjust but was in full swing by the time the season ended. So he will also make it to the first team.
Striker – Daniel Sturridge
The English international is one of the deadliest strikers, if he is fit. Last season he did not start well with injuries restricting his appearances but since the turn of the year, he has been in good form. In spite of missing almost 30% of the season, Sturridge ended the season as Liverpool’s highest scorer with 14 goals in all competitions. And we would hope that he carries this same form into next season.