It has to be said that there’s a real, tangible feeling that Liverpool are finally, finally, on the edge of Premier League glory.
Yes, Manchester City have romped away to the title this season, as Pep Guardiola’s merry men have to the league’s finest to the sword in gloriously efficient, swashbuckling style. But, Liverpool have shown signs this season of being able terrify their opposition with their ruthless style of play, and will be hellbent on taking that momentum into the next campaign.
Liverpool fans are often teased by their rivals for always being a “next season” kind of club in the Premier League era, and the supporters have taken their fair share of “X things that have happened since Liverpool last won a league title”-type banter. However, there is a growing sense that Jürgen Klopp’s men are about to unleash of sustained, glorious football next season.
On their day, Liverpool boast the most exciting attacking lineup in the league – capable of ripping their opponents apart like a ravenous troop of wedding reception guests plowing their way through a midnight bacon roll buffet.
Of course, Klopp’s side are far from the finished article, mainly due to a wildly inconsistent defence and an inability to grind out a win with unattractive football when necessary. The Reds have most of the ingredients already there to win next year’s Premier League title, but here’s six signings who could see them finally get over the line after 25 years of trying in vain…
6. Alisson – Roma
Much is made of Liverpool’s goalkeeping issues, and to be fair to Loris Karius, he’s been more than proficient of late.
However, if the Reds are to really make a go of it next season, they need to start by building from the back, and Roma’s Allison is one of the best stoppers in the world at the moment.
Even if you haven’t watched much Serie A this season, the fact he’s keeper Man City’s Ederson out of the Brazil national team first XI speaks volumes.
Signing Allison would simply be a massive coup for the Reds.
5. Nabil Fekir – Lyon
While it’s clear to see that Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ are one of the most potent attacking forces in Europe, there’s always room for improvement.
The Reds are likely to be in next season’s Champions League, meaning that squad rotation will be vital if they are to mount a Premier League challenge.
Nabil Fekir is just one in a Mariana Trench-like pool of French talent, but his incisive attacking play would make him an ideal candidate to slot into the Reds’ attacking line.
The Lyon man has scored 16 goals in 23 league games this season, and could be a worthy understudy to Mohamed Salah.
4. Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal
Again, back to the subject of strength and depth – it’s essential to have any chance of winning the Premier League.
Liverpool are most likely going to lose Emre Can to Juventus on a free transfer. This is a pretty embarrassing moment for the Reds’ backroom, but it does present them with an opportunity to find a worthy replacement.
Soon-to-be-Liverpool player RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita is a natural replacement for Can, but the Reds could still do with more numbers in midfield. Aaron Ramsey could prove a bargain option for the Anfield side, as his contract expires in 2019.
3. Thomas Lemar – Monaco
Well, it looks like the ludicrously talented Frenchman is joining Liverpool or Arsenal in the summer, and Klopp will be confident that he can lure the tenacious Monaco man to Anfield.
A full international with nine senior caps at the age of 22, Thomas Lemar is certainly going places, and the speedy winger boasts the kind of flexibility that makes him a perfect fit for the Reds.
France could well be the dark horses for this year’s 2018 World Cup, and Liverpool would do well to seal the Lemar deal before he makes an even bigger name for himself.
2. Toby Alderweireld – Tottenham Hotspur
Another possible bargain option here, Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld’s contract stipulates that he can leave the club for £25m in summer 2019, meaning that the club may well look to offload him sooner rather than later to get their money’s worth.
The feisty Belgian remains one of the leagues most energetic defenders, and his bullish charisma would go down an absolute storm at Anfield.
The 29-year-old has a wealth of Premier League experience behind him, and could form a formidable defensive partnership with Dutch powerhouse Virgil van Dijk,
1. Mauro Icardi – Inter
While Roberto Firmino has been working the magic for Liverpool this season, the Reds could still do with a top quality, out-and-out striker in their side. Enter, Mauro Icardi of Inter.
While Chelsea are thought to currently be the frontrunners for the talismanic Argentine, it’s now fairly certain that the Reds will pip Antonio Conte’s side to Champions League qualification – thus making them a more alluring option than the Blues.
Icardi is a proven, deadly marksman, and could be the final piece missing in Jürgen Klopp’s jigsaw.