Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side look to be on the cusp of greatness and they’ve never had a side more capable of bringing home their first ever Premier League title.
Whether or not Liverpool will finally defy the critics and win the Premier League remains to be seen, however, after last seasons heroic Champions League run, optimism is sky high for the Reds.
The transfer window is far from shut and Liverpool are still likely to sign a few more key players, with this being said, we’ve put together a potential 2018/19 Liverpool XI that could finally bring a Premier League title to Merseyside.
GK: Alisson (AS Roma)
Liverpool have been linked with the Roma and Brazilian international all summer long and with Loris Karius failing to prove himself worthy of being the Reds man between the sticks in pre-season so far it’s looking ever more likely that Jurgen Klopp will have to invest in a tried and tested goalkeeper.
It had been suggested earlier in the transfer window that Liverpool had been priced out of a move for Alisson with his current side Roma wanting a fee in excess of 70m euros. However, after an unsuccessful World Cup outing with Brazil, it is very likely the Italian team will be willing to renegotiate a deal to suit both parties.
The goalkeeper position has been a problem for the Reds ever since Pepe Reina left the side and, if they are going to capture Premier League glory, it is certainly an area they need to drastically improve.
Alisson could be the missing piece of the puzzle that Liverpool fans have been craving.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold
The product of Liverpool’s academy came of age last season and proved he was more than worthy of a position in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI. Expect to be seeing a lot more of the talented teenager next season.
CB: Virgil Van Dijk
Liverpool’s record £75 million centre back settled into life under the enigmatic Jurgen Klopp with ease last season when he joined the Reds in January and showed why he is the man to lead the Reds’ defence onto bigger and better things in years to come.
It will be interesting to see what the Reds can achieve with Van Dijk at the heart of their defence for a full season after the Dutch international made such a difference when he was recruited mid season.
CB: Dejan Lovren
Many were calling for Jurgen Klopp to go into the market for a new centre back partner for Virgil Van Dijk but after Lovren’s World Cup heroics and performances in the second half of last season, does he need to?
Lovren and Van Dijk started to form a formidable partnership at the back for the Reds, and if Lovren can wipe out the little cracks in his game, they could be onto something great.
LB: Andrew Robertson
Robertson is the ideal full-back for Jurgen Klopp’s system and showed last season why the German boss was right in recruiting him to be part of the Reds set up.
The Scot became an instant fan favourite at Anfield for his direct play and never ending work rate, and if he can reproduce the form that saw him solidify his place as Liverpool’s starting left back next season, the Reds have got an exceptional talent on their hands.
One of Jurgen Klopp’s newest recruits was signed from AS Monaco this summer for £39 million. Fabinho brings a winning mentality to Merseyside having won Ligue 1 with Monaco a few seasons ago, and the 24-year-olds talent is undeniable.
It will be interesting to see whether Klopp opts for Fabinho or Jordan Henderson to anchor his midfield. However, in this side we’ve given the Brazilian newbie the benefit of the doubt; Expect big things from this man.
CM: Naby Keita
Arguably Liverpool’s most exciting signing of the summer, Naby Keita brings with him a reputation for being a fantastic midfielder and gained many accolades during his time at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
Keita will stroll into the Liverpool line up next season and is one of the most exciting talents in European football. His game and style of play seem perfectly equipped to deal with the pace and physicality of the Premier League, and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares as the season progresses.
CM: Nabil Fekir (Lyon)
Will he? Won’t he? Nabil Fekir came agonisingly close to joining Liverpool at the start of the transfer window only to be denied by a last minute hiccup.
One thing that is for sure is Fekir’s desire to join Jurgen Klopp’s set up, and Liverpool are still in pole position to require the French internationals signature.
Fekir would bring the creativity and flare this Liverpool midfield has lacked since their Brazilian starlet Phillippe Coutinho left for Barcelona in January and, no doubt, would be a key player for them on their way to capturing their first ever Premier League title.
RW: Mohamed Salah
Salah will be the focal point of Jurgen Klopp’s attacking front three after his outstanding first season with the Reds.
The Egyptian international will be looking to prove that he isn’t just a one season wonder and pick up where he left off season.
Liverpool will need Salah to be at his very best if they want any chance of winning the Premier League and the PFA Player of the Year will be expected to be banging in the goals.
Another golden boot and player of the season award for Salah in the 2018/19 season? Why not.
LW: Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane often got overlooked last season with Mohamed Salah putting in out of his skin performances. However, the Senegalese international is a vital component of Klopp’s front three.
Mane compliments Salah and Firmino perfectly up top for the Reds and Liverpool will need him to be entirely fit all season if they are to challenge the Premier Leagues best.
ST: Roberto Firmino
The last cog in the Klopp front three; Roberto Firmino proved last season why he is one of Europe’s best strikers. Despite not scoring a heap of goals, Firmino’s work off the ball for Liverpool is what makes the team tick.
The Brazilian international has gone from strength to strength since joining Liverpool from Hoffenheim in 2015 and is proving himself to be the player Jurgen Klopp promised the Anfield faithful way back then.