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Reliving The Moments: How Did Liverpool Fare During The Festival Time Of Last Season?

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In his first full year incharge of the Anfield outfit, Jurgen Klopp has helped the Reds to a genuine title challenge this season. The Reds recently played a dull 2-2- draw against Sunderland, but have a back of some brillinat back to back victories, the last one against Everton, Stoke and Manchester City and the manager will hope that his side can keep up the good work throughout the season. Liverpool are genuine title contenders at the moment in the league, which is a stark contrast to their situation at the same time last season. So let’s take a look at how the Reds were doing before Boxing Day in 2015.

With 37 points from 17 games this season – prior to the boxing day clash against Stoke – Liverpool were in the second place, 6 points off the top of the table. They have scored 41 goals, more than any other team in the league and are one of the most inform teams in the tournament. At this time last campaign, Liverpool were struggling to get to grips with the system of the new manager who was appointed just a couple of months ago.

FSG replaced Brendan Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp after 8 games last season and Klopp helped Liverpool to the 9th place in the points table after 17 games, having scored just 20 goals. They had 24 points on the board, and were 14 points off the top of the table. They also managed just a point from the three games leading into the Boxing day fixture last season while they now have 7 from the same number of games.

That is not the only thing that has changed at the club in this year. Last season, Liverpool were busy with their Europa League campaign having moved into the round of 32 from the group stage. They set up a tie against Augsburg on their way to the final in the previous season. They were also alive in the League Cup at that time making their season a busy one. This season, Liverpool are currently without any European commitments but they are into the semi final of the League Cup and will face Southampton in the next round.

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Having taken charge of the club just a few months ago, Jurgen Klopp, was not too active in the January transfer window and did not make too many changes to the squad after the turn of the year. Though they were linked with some decent players like Alex Teixeira, the Brazilian attacker.

The former Shakthar player almost made a move to the club before shifting to China and Klopp decided not to sign any other player except Marko Grujic (who joined the club in the summer) and Steven Caulker on loan for contingencies.

But with that chance of a title looming large, the manager has been looking at a couple of players who can improve the squad and the likes of Max Meyer, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Hart and Kasper Schmiechel have all been linked with a move to Anfield. Liverpool are genuine title contenders this season and Klopp will know that he cannot have a weak link in the squad. This will surely see him spend big in January which was not the case last season.

With no European football, Liverpool have a completely different set of requirements and challenges this season, compared to a similar time last season, and the manager will hope that his team can take full advantage of the current situation and go all the way.