After missing out on Premier League and
Champions League glory by the narrowest of margins last season, Liverpool will
be looking to go one better in the 2022/23 campaign under Jurgen Klopp. Despite
suffering heartbreak in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, the
Reds were the best team in Europe since the turn of the year, losing just two
of their last 35 games in all competitions.
Liverpool will look to carry that form into
the new season, and Jurgen Klopp’s side have already started the 22/23 campaign
on the right note, beating Manchester City 3-1 in the Community Shield.
Although Liverpool renewed Mohamed Salah to
a new long-term contract this summer, the Reds bid goodbye to stalwart Sadio
Mane in the off-season, with the Senegalese winger heading to Bayern Munich for
a fee of £28.8 million. Replacing him in the front line is Uruguayan forward
Darwin Nunez, who became Liverpool’s second-most expensive signing of all time
following his £67.5 million move from Benfica.
Nunez scored 34 goals in all competitions
for AS Benfica last season and will add plenty of physicality, athleticism, and
movement to the Liverpool frontline. The Reds also made a couple of excellent
bargain buys at the start of the window, adding young Fulham starlet Fabio
Carvalho for £5 million to go along with the addition of Aberdeen right-back
Calvin Ramsay to provide some cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Player to watch
out for: Luis Diaz
Luis Diaz transformed Liverpool’s fortunes
last season following his arrival from Porto in January, providing ten goal
contributions in 19 starts for the Reds and making an instant impact with his
dynamic dribbling and explosive acceleration.
In the wake of Sadio Mane’s departure, the
Colombian international will play an integral part of the Liverpool set-up as
the starting left-winger, and the 25-year-old could establish himself as one of
the best forwards in the league this season after his sensational start to life
In goal, Alisson remains one of the best
all-round keepers in Europe with his exceptional shot-stopping and ability to
play out from the back. The back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip,
Virgil van Dijk, and Andrew Robertson started the majority of league games last
season for the Reds, keeping the joint-best defensive record with just 26 goals
conceded in 38 games.
The midfield three is the engine room of
the Liverpool team, with Fabinho sitting in front of the defence alongside the
silky Spaniard Thiago Alcantara and club captain Jordan Henderson. There are a
few changes in the front three to start the season, with Roberto Firmino and
Sadio Mane replaced by Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz. Last season’s golden boot
winner Mohamed Salah remains ever-present on the right wing following his
three-year contract extension in the summer that makes him one of the
highest-paid players in the league.
Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel
Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago,
Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz