Advantage in Premier League title race?
Could Liverpool be at an advantage in Premier League title race? Well Jamie Carragher thinks so. This is simply down to their lack of European football next season as less games will mean less squad rotation so most games will be at full strength.
More importantly Klopp will have more time on the training ground working out drills and ensuring they are primes and ready for the weekend.
A lot of time is taken up with travel. When Liverpool played away on a Thursday night most times they wouldn’t get back to John Lennon airport till about 3am.
Klopp frequently moaned he’d only have half a day to prepare for the Sunday game which did put them at a disadvantage.
Best challenge to date
Liverpool’s best challenge was when they finished 2nd place, a season with a full squad and no European football!
Sadly Liverpool missed their chance at direct Champions League qualification by losing to Sevilla in the Europa League final. Although at half time i honestly thought we had won it!!
“It might be a bit much for Liverpool going for the title, but they will certainly be looking at the top four.” Said Carragher who has hailed the effect Jurgen Klopp has had on the club, with the German leading the Anfield side to two finals after taking over for Brendan Rodgers in October.
“We have seen the impact he has brought to the club, two cup finals in his first season after less than a year there – and that is with Brendan Rodgers’ team,” Carragher said.
“I’m sure there are things he wants to change and the great thing about coming in mid-season as a manager is it gives you that time to assess the players, rather than coming in over the summer and making rash decisions.”
Several months to assess
Klopp has had the last seven months to assess everyone to see how they fit in with his style of play. Meaning he can react much quicker in the transfer market. With goalkeeper Loris Karius being his 3rd signing already.
The big challenge is making the time together count compared to the other 5 big teams. The prize is a massive one and he will have less excuses should the team fail to deliver in May.