It is a well-known fact that to win the Premier League, you have to score the most and concede the least. The former is something Liverpool have understood for a while as their deadly trio up top have been netting goals for fun. However, the latter is something we don’t like to talk about in the red part of Merseyside, until now.
Safe to say not so long-ago Liverpool were shambolic at the back. From goalkeeping blunders that even David James would cringe at, to defensive disasters that would make you wish Carragher was back scoring own goals. Now there’s a new era ushering in. With the addition of a transfer record-breaking Van Dijk as well as the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold, this season Liverpool’s title challenging team is starting to take shape.
Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker has become the latest addition and is expected to end the curse to Liverpool’s goalkeeping issue, bringing it back to its former glory. After some more calamities in the six-yard box this pre-season, Klopp has seen no option but to splash the cash for some steady hands. £66.8 million to be precise, making Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.
Many critics will be asking, ‘Is he really worth that price?’ In reality, probably not. But if he can be the anchor that leads Liverpool to their first Premier League title, then you would have to call it an absolute bargain.
It’s not just the new signings that will be under constant scrutiny. Members of the current squad will be expected to raise the bar. One individual, in particular, seems extremely confident about their chances. The ever so hot and cold Dejan Lovren confidently claimed he was, “One of the best defenders in the world.” Who could blame him? After all, he did help Liverpool to a Champions League final and Croatia to an unexpected World Cup final. Now, Lovren has to prove that he is the common denominator.
A statement of real intent has been made by the reds this transfer window, with many top talents seeing Liverpool as the number one destination for world-class football. With Liverpool already spending a combined total of £163 million on new recruits, it really shows the belief in and around the club at the moment.
Last season, Liverpool fell just short of a major trophy. Are these new signings the final equation for Liverpool becoming a major trophy-winning team?