Liverpool – Final Position 8th
Player of the season – Philippe Coutinho. A difficult choice to make, but Coutinho was brilliant at times. He still has a lot of work to do be more consistent, though.
Signing of the season – Roberto Firmino. Coutinho’s Brazilian compatriot sometimes struggled for game-time but, when given a chance, he played an important part. Weighed in with 10 league goals.
Flop of the season – Christian Benteke. It had to be really, didn’t it? The Belgian power-house is a frightening prospect at full-tilt. Just not at Anfield, sadly.
Young Red to look out for – Sheyi Ojo. The 18 year old winger is a stunning talent. The jewel in the crown at Melwood. The Reds may be sorted in his position for a generation.
“It’s our year”, chime some long-suffering fans. It wasn’t. Yet again. Liverpool continue their now over quarter century wait for a title. They were absolutely miles off of the pace in what was an up-and-down campaign and, rather like Arsenal, will feel this was a great opportunity to have had a crack. Stagnation had already set in at the club long before Brendan Rodgers was handed his P45 and it was a relief to all, probably even to himself, when it arrived. Poor signings, confused and over-complicated tactics saw Liverpool flail almost from the off. Enter stage, Jurgen Klopp. The brilliant and charismatic German tactician set about winning the faithful crowd back and overseeing an exciting return to attacking, pressing football. Ultimately though, even under Klopp, Liverpool couldn’t really find true consistency – stunning wins over Manchester City at the Etihad and in the Merseyside Derby over Everton were punctuated by baffling defeats to Watford and Swansea, and their 8th place finish was fair when it was all said and done. There were many things to hang an optimistic hat on. Their run to the Europa League final was, well, typical Liverpool and they managed to blood some seriously talented youngsters too. Make no mistake, Liverpool are an emerging force under Klopp. A cocktail of a feverish Anfield support, one that adores him and his unquestionable passion and nous, and a young and very talented squad that will be added to is going to be potent next season. Klopp has already signalled his intentions by bringing in centre-half Joel Matip and keeper Loris Karius from the Bundesliga. Don’t be surprised to see a marquee signing like Marco Reus arrive from his former club, Borussia Dortmund either. They mean business. Maybe it will be “their year” before long?