As one door closes - a glimpse into LFC future!

Article by Shaun

The start of the 2024/25 season is a nervous one for Liverpool fans, as it is our first season since October 2015 that we’ve not had Jurgen Klopp at the helm. After nine glorious years where he put the bird firmly back on it’s perch we have a new man in charge.

Klopp leaves us as League Champions, again, along with his first FA Cup. His record reads:

The media, along with many fans wanted and expected Steven Gerrard to come back and take over at his beloved Liverpool, especially after winning back to back League titles up in Scotland with Rangers, but it was not to be.

Going back to the promote from within policy that served the club so well in the past, Peter Krazietz becomes manager, with Pepijn Lijnders as his senior assistant. The surprise in this new team is James Milner, taking his place as part of the coaching staff, after successfully earning his coaching badges and finally hanging his boots up at the grand old age of 38.

Although the team had developed over the years, following the Covid pandemic of 2020 and the financial pressure this put on all football clubs, new rulings meant that clubs were restricted on how much money they could spend each season, this in turn meant players stayed at their clubs longer than we’d previously seen, and more players came through from the Academy structure.

Alisson proved to be as reliable as ever, and even at 31 he was not in any rush to lose the No1 jersey. Dubravka came in on a free from Newcastle, and Kellehur was developing into an excellent keeper who could seriously challenge for regular first team football within the next few seasons.

Our defence has continued to be rock solid. Both Matip and VVD have remained with the club, Matip is happy to be a squad player, and VVD is battling to get back to full fitness following a knee injury part way through the 23/24 season. However, Gomez is at his peak and is our first choice Centre Back, and Sepp van den Berg is ready to make his move for a permanent starting place, although Ki-Jane Hoever is challenging too.

TAA remains our first choice Right Back, although he played Centre Midfield for several games during the previous season, with Williams stepping up, and this could well be where we see TAA this season. Robertson has a fight on his hands, suffering an ankle injury near the end of the season, Larouci has taken his chance.

Rotation continues to be the order of the day for our Midfield as pressing and quickly winning the ball back remains the primary focus, although the technical ability of our players continues to develop, so a more intricate style of play is now seen to work alongside our counter attacking strengths.

Henderson continues to Captain the side, although injury has limited his playing time he remains a driving force in the dressing room, and TAA has stepped up as Vice Captain. Grujic took his chance at the start of the 21/22 season, with he and Fabinho sharing the main Defensive role.

Naby Keita is our driving force and has thrived under the new freedoms he’s been allowed. Ox remains, but injury has blighted his time at the club. Jones has increasingly become a regular starter, this could be his year.

We have been canny in the transfer market. Wijnaldum returned to Feyenoord to undertake a player/coach role, and as part of the deal we brought in Orkun Kokcu who is developing into a very impressive Attacking Midfielder. Another new player in at the start of the 22/23 season was Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig, brought in initially as an Attacking Midfielder, his work rate and creativity means he can play in midfield or even up front.

Salah remains, however now in a more central role, with his ability to manoeuvre around larger Centre Backs proving lucrative, allowing Firmino to play more of a support role - changing games from the subs bench. Minamino has developed his game, becoming a highly effective 10, whose work rate and ability to pick out the runs of our faster players has been critical in our success of the past two years.

Our new attack is very exciting. Elliott has developed into the world beater we knew he could be, now 21, he already has 2 Young PFA awards, however in addition we have Bukayo Saka on a free from Arsenal in 2021, and Jadon Sancho the same year from the money we got from Mane moving to PSG - following a move to Real Madrid falling through at the last moment.

So Liverpool fans, we see the departure of a true Liverpool legend whose name adorns the new stand extension at Klopp's Corner, which incorporates the new shop, restaurant and museum, with 50% of all profits going to support local community projects........

Come on you Reds! YNWA!
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