Yesterday Liverpool were drawn against German side Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off knowing that they are potentially two games away from rubbing elbows with Europe’s elite after a three year absence. Here is some reasons why the red-men could be a team to watch out for this season in Europe.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp excited fans in his first six months at the helm, reaching the Europa League final and narrowly losing to a well disciplined Sevilla side. It is no secret that Klopp is a big fan of a European adventure, in 2013 he grabbed the attention as his Borussia Dortmund side reached the Champions League final and missed out on European glory to a last minute winner from Bayern’s Arjen Robben.
Klopp’s Dortmund side was built on his ‘gegen press’ philosophy that is currently in transition at Anfield. Last season, Liverpool claimed 20 points from a possible 30 against the top six in the Premier League, with their high counter pressing proving to be a nuisance for the big guns, and who is to say they won’t claim more scalps in Europe? Barcelona, Borrusia Dortmund, Napoli and Bayern Munich were all eliminated prematurely last season.
One key element to Liverpool’s game last year was their quick and efficient forward line, with the twinkle toes of Coutinho, the potent finishing of Roberto Firmino and the frightening pace of Sadio Mane. This summer the reds have brought in Mohammed Salah from AS Roma to add further firepower to the front-line, after he bagged 21 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season. Not to mention Daniel Sturridge who is an established finisher when fully fit.
I am predicting Liverpool to overachieve in the Champions League (should they get there) with them reaching the last eight.
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