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English Premier League: Things to watch in Liverpool’s 2018-19 season

12 August 2018

After a disappointing 2016/17 season, Klopp strengthened key areas of the squad including centre-back and left-back.

Often outgunned by the riches of fierce rivals Manchester United and the oil-backed wealth of Chelsea and Manchester City in recent times, this summer Liverpool were the Premier League's biggest spenders in a reported £170 million splurge ($219 million). West Ham supporters have been extremely frustrated with the lack of investment since moving to the London Stadium and finally, our prayers seem to have been answered with approximately £100m being splashed out this summer. What about Man United?

"We know about our expectations and noticed the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season", said Klopp. Even after Liverpool's disappointing performance in the Uefa Champions League final, the love for the bespectacled German hasn't diminished.

Liverpool spent a reported £176million ($225million, 196million euros) bringing in, among others, Brazilians goalkeeper Alisson and midfielder Fabinho and Klopp hopes to deliver Liverpool's first league title in the Premier League era, with the last of their 18 champions crowns coming in 1990.

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However, this will serve to intensify the pressure on Klopp, who now needs a top-two finish.

Liverpool's marauding side will likely trouble far more experienced players than Rice this season.

"We are Liverpool; there is no one on this planet that expects more of us than we expect of ourselves".

The 51-year-old has won just one of eight finals during his career.

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However, we can compare Alderweireld's 16/17 season where the Belgium global played 30 matches for Mauricio Pochettino's side. Gary Neville was speaking to promote Cadbury as the official snack partner of the Premier League .

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said: "Thank you, Jurgen".

And yet, it wasn't exclusively Liverpool's ability to illuminate in the final third that courted applause. I wrote last season I feared Liverpool may never win the league under Klopp due to the financial strength in Manchester. It's obviously far too early to tell but the signs are that Salah may just be as unsafe as he was last season.

A lot of West Ham fans are feeling optimistic about this season and after appointing a world class manager and spending £100m, it is hard to not be excited.

At the beginning of the second half Michail Antonio hooked over a corner but that was as good as it got for the visitors as Mane scored his second, benefiting from the absence of a warranted offside flag, from Firmino's through-ball.

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The Americans' renewed financial commitment on recruitment, following much soul-searching over sabremetrics on the back of Moneyball's success, has only intensified in recent years; evidenced by a spine which has not only broken the club's transfer record several times over in the past 12 months but also across multiple playing departments. Given their slip-ups against lesser teams last season, this result also serves as a statement of intent from the Reds in their efforts to rectify that shortcoming.

English Premier League: Things to watch in Liverpool’s 2018-19 season