The excitement surrounding Liverpool's latest signings is palpable, as fans eagerly tune into the latest games at the start of another English Premier League season. With fresh faces joining the ranks and the weight of expectation on their shoulders, the question on everyone's lips is whether these newcomers can propel Liverpool to a coveted top-four finish.
In the fiercely competitive world of the EPL, the stakes are high, and only time will tell if the new recruits have what it takes to shine on this grand stage.
Last season for Liverpool FC
Last season proved a challenging one for Liverpool FC. Despite their impressive 11-game unbeaten streak towards the end, which featured 7 consecutive wins, the Reds couldn't clinch a spot in the Premier League's top four.
Finishing 5th in the 2022/23 campaign with 67 points, the team missed out on a Champions League qualification for the first time in nearly a decade. Their season record stood at 19 wins, 10 draws, and 9 losses, having netted 75 goals and let in 47.
This near-miss, no doubt, stings, and it's likely to fuel their motivation and drive this season. To bolster their chances, the club has brought in fresh talent, hoping that their new signings will provide the edge they need to reclaim their place among Europe's elite.
Liverpool’s 23/24 signings
Liverpool FC has made a significant splash in the transfer market this season, with a combined expenditure of £146m. The average age of their new recruits stands at a youthful 22.7, hinting at a longer-term strategy of building a team for the future. Here's a glimpse at some of the standout signings:
- Dominik Szoboszlai: A 22-year-old attacking midfielder from Hungary, acquired from RB Leipzig for a hefty £60m. Known for his creativity and goal-scoring prowess.
Dominik Szoboszlai's versatility, showcased at Leipzig, promises much for Liverpool. As an attacking midfielder, his aptitude in diverse roles, combined with his knack for bypassing defenders and shooting precision, stands out. Clocking a sprint speed of 36.76km/h, ranking him third since 2020/21, Szoboszlai's pace, along with his technical skill, is primed to enhance Liverpool's attack in the demanding Premier League landscape.
- Alexis Mac Allister: A 24-year-old central midfielder hailing from Argentina. Liverpool secured his services from Brighton for £35m, looking to harness his midfield dynamism.
Alexis Mac Allister, a right-footed talent, has consistently adapted to multiple roles in Brighton's midfield. With 42 appearances as an attacking midfielder, 23 centrally, and 20 defensively, his versatility is clear. Notably, his exceptional ball recoveries, ranking him among the Premier League's best, could be vital for Liverpool's top-four aspirations this season.
- Ryan Gravenberch: A promising 21-year-old central midfielder from the Netherlands, bought from Bayern Munich for £34m. A young talent with an eye for breaking up plays and distributing the ball.
Ryan Gravenberch is set to make waves in Liverpool's midfield with his right-footed prowess and remarkable versatility. Whether operating as a single pivot, partnering in a double pivot, or surging forward as a number eight or even a number 10, Gravenberch displays an innate ability to navigate tight spaces. His knack for quick combinations and playing away from intense pressure is a testament to his skills, promising a fluidity to the Reds' midfield endeavours.
- Wataru Endo: The 30-year-old defensive midfielder from Japan, snapped up from VfB Stuttgart for £17m, is expected to bring experience and stability to the middle of the park.
Wataru Endo, with his proven track record in the Bundesliga, emerges as a midfield dynamo. He led the league in challenges won for two successive seasons, amassing impressive figures of 476 and 448. Furthermore, his adeptness in winning 439 tackles last term, one of the highest in the German top flight, underscores his defensive mettle. His inclusion in Liverpool's squad promises to add depth and resilience, enhancing their midfield stability for the challenges ahead.
Liverpool’s season so far
Liverpool's 23/24 season has been invigorated right from the outset on the 13th of August. Starting with a sturdy 1-1 draw against Chelsea, they've subsequently registered victories in 5 out of their 6 matches. After six matches so far, Liverpool has managed to reach the number two position in the current Premier League table just behind Manchester City.
After their recent victory over West Ham 3-1, their next fixture will be against Tottenham at the end of September. Liverpool is currently favoured to win this match with BetMGM UK at 5/4 while the Lilywhites currently stand at 39/20. But, of course, it can be anyone’s game on the day.
The road ahead certainly promises intriguing challenges as they face Tottenham, as well as Brighton and local adversaries Everton. Alongside, their Europa League venture began on a high, overpowering LASK 3-1, with another European contest lined up for the 5th of October. All signs suggest they're on course for a memorable season.