By Jonathan Lewis | 24th March 2021
On the contrary to their previous season’s performance, Liverpool have been bitterly disappointing this season. With the loss of certain key players such as Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Diogo Jota for the majority of the campaign, the Reds have suffered. Their star defender, van Dijk, who was integral to their previous season’s success, was wiped out early with injury concerns. Unfortunately, world-class goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been conjuring up underwhelming performances as well, and the team is just not looking up to the high standards they set for themselves in the former campaign.
To put it into perspective, the Reds once went an astonishing 1,300 days without losing a single league game at Anfield, but unfortunately, that record was broken this season by Burnley. It is safe to say now that Manchester City are the unofficial champions this season, and it is their season to win. Liverpool is predicted to finish with 61 points, and according to recent speculation, Jurgen Klopp is already prepping for potential summer transfers that could boost the Reds.
Mohamed Salah, who appears in one of Sportingbet’s lists of Europe’s deadliest strikers, offers words of hope and encouragement for the fan. Salah is currently heading into the Africa Cup of Nations where he will lead Egypt. The talented 28-year-old went into the international break with just one goal in six appearances, emphasizing Liverpool’s underwhelming form at Anfield. However, Salah insisted that Liverpool will make a comeback soon and told the club’s website: “It’s tough for all of us because of the situation we have been through and our position in the Premier League, but I believe it’s going to be better. In the Champions League, we are doing good.
“I don’t want to just talk about my season because we play as a team, so I’d say it’s a tough season for all of us, and we just need to carry on and try to win games.”
Heading into the summer transfer window, there are quite a few possibilities lined up for Liverpool, including Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, and Paulo Dybala. The Reds are in desperate need of a centre-back who has negligible flaws, is attainable, athletic and yet to enter his peak. Another player similar to Diogo Jota — who is versatile, attainable, athletic and young —wouldn’t hurt as a forward as well.
Should the Reds revisit their previous venture to attain Duje Caleta-Car (£23m)? The 24-year-old is well-rounded, a risk-taker with experience playing in a proactive defensive unit from his time at Red Bull Salzburg. He has won 76 of his 96 aerial duels, which averages up to a win rate of 79.2%. He could definitely prove to be an asset with his special long passes and daunting demeanour.
If Liverpool make the correct decisions this summer transfer window, their attack could really evolve, especially if they want to enter the Champions League 2021/22.
Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer