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Will Liverpool finish top four this season?

Liverpool have disappointed in the last couple of seasons as they failed to qualify for Champions League. With the arrival of Jurgen Klopp football betting tips for new Premier League season suggest that Liverpool's chances of finishing in the top four have strongly increased.
 
The fans are hoping that their favourites will return to the form from two seasons ago when they fought for the title until the last match, but in the end had to settle for second place.
 
That season, with Brendan Rodgers as coach, they probably played the best football in the Premier League and they were close to producing a big surprise by finishing ahead of much more fancied teams. The Reds scored 101 goals and were close to beating the record for goals scored in a single season that had stood since 1895-1896 season, coming up just five goals short.
 
Nobody expected that Liverpool would fall so badly after that season.  It can be said that the main cause for the disastrous 2014/15 season was the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Even if they sold the Uruguayan star for €82 million and made him one of the most expensive players in the world, the loss of Suarez proved to be decisive.
 
Another cause for the bad results was the long injury of another important player for Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge, who missed almost the entire season through various injuries.
 
That summer Liverpool spent £117 million on transfers: Rickie Lambert (£4 million), Adam Lallana (£25m) and Dejan Lovren (£20m) all arrived from Southampton, Emre Can (£10m) from Bayer Leverkusen, Lazar Markovic (£20m) from Benfica, Divock Origi (£10m) from Lille, Alberto Moreno (£12m) from Sevilla and last and most definitely least Mario Balotelli was brought in for £16m from AC Milan.  
 
All these players needed time to accommodate with new lifestyle, new colleagues and a new football style and none made an immediate impression. Most of the fans lost their confidence in Brendan Rodgers and considered him the man responsible for the bad results, but the Liverpool board gave him the vote of confidence and reaffirmed that he was the right man to turn things around. Unfortunately the results were even worse the following season and Rodgers was sacked in October 2015.
 
He was replaced by Jurgen Klopp, who became their third foreign coach in Liverpool history. Besides the fact that Klopp is considered one of the best football managers around, his arrival represented also a big image boost to the club.
 
At Borussia Dortmund, the 49 year old coach managed to transform a team which was close to bankruptcy into a very strong unit that won the title in Germany two times in a row and also played in a European Champions Cup final. The results were seen after only a few weeks. The team played a much improved football and the attitude of the players changed.
 
The German led Liverpool to two finals in his first season (the Europa League and Capital One Cup) and although they lost both finals and the team will not play in a continental competition this season, most believe that he is the right man to bring the glory back to Anfield.
 
The last time Liverpool were Champions was in 1989-1990, and the league title is what the fans crave. Could this be the year?
 
Liverpool were active in the transfer market this summer. Joel Matip for free, Loris Karius from Mainz, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger from Augsburg, Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle and Sadio Mane from Southampton were brought at Anfield this summer and look to have strengthened Klopp’s options considerably.
 
It is too early to predict were Liverpool will finish at the end of the season but if they will maintain the good form they showed in friendly matches from this summer they have a good chance of finishing on podium in Premier League, and don’t completely rule them out of winning the title. After all, if Leicester can do it then everyone now has hope.


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