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7 things Kopites want to see this season

Liverpool had a remarkable 2021/22 season, winning two trophies, and there is a desire for more this season. That means there needs to be more.

Jurgen Klopp completed the set with the FA Cup and League last season, while the Premier League and Champions League titles narrowly evaded the Reds’ clutches.

It fuels the fire for the upcoming season, which has limitless possibilities and silverware firmly on the agenda.

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So, here are our top seven expectations for Liverpool this season.

Taking 4 points from Man City

The two will compete for the Premier League title again, and Liverpool cannot afford to delegate the task of taking points away from their direct rival to the other 18 clubs.

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With the margin for error at the top so narrow, taking at least four points from City is essential to ensuring a direct shootout with the rest of the league.

Klopp’s team has not beaten City by more than three points in a single season since 2016/17, when they won four, and they have twice come up short in the title race by a single point.

The Reds are playing with these margins, and four points from six must be the goal.

Turning draws into wins

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On the surface, eight draws in 38 games does not raise the alarm, but when you’re Liverpool, those are points that have gone begging.

Last season, the Reds had 16 points left on the table, and in five of those draws, the Reds led at some point during the 90-minute period.

After racing to a 2-0 lead, Brighton’s visit to Anfield was one of the most painful draws, while Brentford’s chaotic 3-3 draw should have resulted in a victory.

Over the last four league seasons, the Reds have drawn 6.75 games on average, while the title-winning team has drawn only four.

Liverpool cannot be leaving as many what-if moments this season.

Finding the net in finals

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Last season, there were three finals and zero goals in 330 minutes of regulation time.

Yes, two trophies were lifted from the three finals as a result of conviction and composure from the penalty spot, but finding a way to end the contest much sooner would benefit everyone.

Klopp’s men have no trouble finding the net, having done so 147 times in 63 games this season, but they also need that firepower to shine on the big day.

And, yes, finals appear to be on the horizon once more. Hopefully, it’ll be three out of three this time!

Nunez hitting double figures

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Darwin Nunez will be scrutinized throughout the season following his record £85 million summer transfer, but he has demonstrated that he can respond when the spotlight is on him.

The striker admitted to feeling the pressure that comes with joining Liverpool, and while there will undoubtedly be ups and downs, he is confident in what he can offer.

Having said that, a minimum of 10 goals should be set – he got half as many in pre-season, after all…

Liverpool has considerable firepower in attack with Mo Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, and Nunez, and double digits from all will see the team take a significant step towards more silverware.

Elliott to double appearances

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Harvey Elliott’s promising season was derailed by a nasty ankle injury, leaving him with 11 appearances last season, a tally many, including himself, would like to see doubled.

The 19-year-old had established himself on the right side of midfield, but pre-season saw him shift up to the right wing, indicating a change for the coming season.

He has appeared lively and bright, clearly out to impress, and he will have plenty of opportunities.

Adding goals and assists to his game is also a priority.

Midfield to add to the goals

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It’s been a stick to beat Liverpool with for some time because Klopp’s midfield does not prioritize goals, leaving that job largely to the forwards.

The manager has readily defended his current midfield options and their versatility, while also emphasizing that bringing in a player solely for creativity would make life difficult for players like Fabio Carvalho, Curtis Jones, and Elliott.

However, after the departures of Sadio Mane, Takumi Minamino, and Divock Origi, who combined for 39 goals last season, more goals from midfield will help alleviate the pressure on those ahead of them.

Last season, Fabinho (eight) led the way, with Naby Keita (four), Jordan Henderson (three), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (three), Thiago (two), and Curtis Jones (one) also contributing.

The goal as a midfield unit should be to get closer to 30 points.

And being more unpredicatable

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Each season, Klopp and his coaches find new ways to improve their blueprint, adding spice to an already formidable system.

However, it is a continuous process, and the manager understands that being unpredictable is critical in all four competitions.

“It’s simply not possible for us to do the same thing year after year.” “We have a foundation; we need to build on it and be more unpredictable for other teams,” Klopp said during preseason.

This includes, among other things, avenues to goal, movement on the pitch, personnel selection, and set-piece deliveries, all of which come in handy during games when the opposition sits back.

The Reds will face a number of frustrating opponents, and being unpredictable can help them turn draws from previous seasons into victories this season.

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