How Breaking the 100 Points Margin Catapults Liverpool Into a Future of Success

Liverpool could enter unparalleled success

Liverpool have had a spectacular season and the fans' long wait for winning the Premier League finally came to an end in record timing.

The work for next season starts now for Jurgen Klopp as they will begin to defend their first Premier League crown as early as August, with reports suggesting an almost immediate start to the new season once this one concludes.

Despite the majestic last two years, there are areas in the team that could still be worth strengthening if they are to cement this period as a dominant one and not just a one-off. If they manage to bring the right players in, we could see the beginnings of an era of dominance at Anfield, similarly to that of Manchester City in recent times.

This squad has a great chemistry and many of the individuals were brought to the club by Klopp. The German manager has bided his time in building a team fit to win the Premier League and is stepping into the group of elite managers like Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho that have brought grandeur to their respective sides.

Now, three wins from the next three will put them into an unparalleled year of success, by beating City's 100 points margin set two seasons ago. Liverpool have just seven points left to obtain from the nine available to match this feat and it could send the club into a new wealth of transfers.

Let's take a look at what winning this Premier League title so comfortably could do for future endeavours.

Van Dijk could now earn himself a new partner

As far as the full-backs are concerned, they can continue and prepare for another season because Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson have arguably been the best full-backs this season. They have assisted no less than 21 goals between them this season.

However, the centre back position is a place where Klopp would certainly consider strengthening. Despite having the best defence in the league this season, Virgil van Dijk may wish to have a defensive partner that will be able to perhaps play more consistently rather than working the backline with either Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip, players that have been in and out of the team this season.

A player like Jonathan Tah would be a good upgrade on Joe Gomez. The Bayer Leverkusen defender has three years remaining on his contract at the Bay Arena. Having a player like him at Klopp's disposal will add good quality and depth to the team because one of their biggest disappointments of the season was when they got knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 by Atletico Madrid.

In the second leg at Anfield, the defence was carved open so easily. Although questions were asked of goalkeeper Adrian that night, the defence still gave Atletico the invitations to test the keeper.

Bulking their midfield will become easy

Georginio Wijnaldum has had a solid campaign but he only has one year remaining on his contract at the club. At the age of 29, he still has a fair few good years left in him but, in the near future, might lose his regular place in the first team. One thing that may not help his cause is that Kai Havertz and Thiago Alcantara could be heading out the door of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich respectively.

Havertz has been lighting up the Bundesliga for a few years now since he burst onto the scene in the 2016/17 season and has had a superb campaign that has suggested that he is ready for a step up in his career. Leverkusen just missed out on Champions League qualification as well which might just signify that he will be leaving the club in the summer.

The German central midfielder can also play in the attacking midfield role and would be an upgrade on Wijnaldum and perhaps possesses the pace that James Milner does not have any more. A move to Anfield for Havertz will make Klopp's midfield very potent and in the perfect position to go forward.

As for James Milner, now at the age of 34, it appears that his days are numbered at Liverpool. With Leeds United in contention to gain promotion back to the Premier League, Milner may prefer a return to his boyhood club before retiring rather than having to spend his latter days warming the bench. Funnily enough, Milner even played for Leeds in their last game in the Premier League in May 2004 when they lost 1-0 away at Chelsea.

The attackers will keep on coming

Despite the goals for the team not being in short supply, the same cannot be said for Roberto Firmino who, as it stands, will have his lowest scoring since his arrival at Liverpool in 2015.

With only nine goals to show from his 48 games in all competitions so far this season, it is safe to say that the Brazilian striker has been something of a passenger in this campaign.

Klopp would feel very disappointed to have lost out to Chelsea on signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig because he would have been the perfect fit in the front three with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The problem still remains of finding a new first-team striker. Klopp might like the look of Duvan Zapata from Atalanta and Mauro Icardi from PSG. The latter is certainly a player that would fit really well in the system that Klopp uses. Icardi often enjoys playing on his own up front or in the middle of a front three and likes to move into the channels and beat the offside trap. He has had a good season in Ligue 1, finding the net 12 times from 14 starts.

As we head into the future, the Reds can use the success they have built this season and use it as a foundation to grow in the hope of becoming increasingly dominant over time. Right now, the current squad is far from the finished article and we may see improvements to this Liverpool side before the start of next season.

By Rob Spereall


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