Premier League 2018/19 Tactical Analysis Statistics: Liverpool vs Wolves

This week Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken about his side’s potential transfer activity ahead of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign. He said to German broadcaster ZDF via the Daily Mail: “Liverpool is an ambitious club and if we didn’t spend the same amount of money as others, we wouldn’t be able to compete. Everybody’s splashing the cash, so we have to do the same.”

Currently, it is only Real Madrid who have made wholesale changes in the transfer market so unless the Liverpool boss is alluring to them as “everybody” then it isn’t strictly true. Spending power isn’t always a measure of success either – have the riches at Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain won them a Champions League yet? The answer is no. Not even close.

Klopp’s men won their sixth European trophy with the Champions League final victory over English rivals Tottenham Hotspur and only finished one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City despite losing only one match all season – three less than Pep Guardiola’s side. That’s an outstanding season from The Reds and I don’t think they necessarily need to go over-the-top with spending to make it even better next season. And the current matchbook bonus (2019) suggests Liverpool are perfectly placed.

If Klopp were to make any major changes he risks upsetting an already settled side. Is Antonio Griezmann really going to perform better than Roberto Fimino or Mo Salah? Don’t forget the latter has won the Premier League Golden Boot two seasons running now – you can’t really get better than that. The signing of Virgil van Dijk has improved the Kopite’s defence tenfold as the PFA Player of the Year helped contribute to them recording the most clean sheets (21) as well the least amount of goals conceded (22). 

That’s not to say ‘Liverpool shouldn’t spend’ because an addition or two is vital to build on the foundations already set, they just don’t need to replicate Real Madrid flexing their financial clout. Liverpool have been linked to wonderkid Matthias de Ligt, left-back Junior Firpo, Timo Werner, Ousame Dembele, former star Philippe Coutinho, Nicolas Pepe, Griezmann and more according to this source. In reality, the full-back area is the only key weakness with Alberto Moreno departing the club. Nathaniel Clyne is probably not up to the standard they require anymore and James Milner proved he is much better in midfield than as a make-shift defender throughout multiple games last season.

At the end of the day, had Liverpool won a game they drew then they’d have enjoyed summer as double winners. That is precisely how fine the margin is between the two clubs and if we’re being honest, the rest of the Premier League are a million miles away from City and Liverpool. Klopp’s comments will have many on the edge of their seats but don’t get too silly otherwise you’ll risk what has been created so far.