Last season Liverpool enjoyed a fantastic campaign, ending the season as European champions. Jurgen Klopp’s side looks to be on the cusp of something truly special.
The Reds front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino played pivotal roles in the Merseysider’s finishing second in the top-flight table. In fact, Salah and Mane finished as joint top scorers in the Premier League last season alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
No rest for the wickedly good
All three of Liverpool’s forward players played at a continental tournament this summer. Firmino played for Brazil as the Selecao won the Copa America. Mane played at the African Cup of Nations helping Senegal to the final, while Salah also represented Egypt in the latter tournament.
Considering all three also played at last summers World Cup too, that is a lot of football for the trio to constantly play. No doubt they are all extremely fit, but it must take a toll on their bodies.
It is interesting to note that both of Manchester City’s forward players Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero also played at the Copa America and last summers World Cup. However, the difference is that City can rotate the pair, with one playing and one rested. Whereas Mane, Salah and Firmino tend to play every game when fit.
Is the back-up good enough?
Liverpool does have some promising back-up in Belgian striker Divock Origi and youngster Rhian Brewster. Origi was the forgotten man at Anfield until a stoppage-time winner in the Merseyside derby last season. He went on to score important goals against Newcastle, Barcelona and of course Tottenham in the Champions League final.
The forward’s displays earned him a new contract this summer, as his contract was due to expire at the end of the season. He is a useful backup no doubt, but obviously, he is not in the same league as the first-choice front three.
Then there is youngster Rhian Brewster. The 19-year-old is highly-rated and has impressed in the Reds pre-season campaign. A serious injury has curtailed his progress in the first-team.
However, many expect him to enjoy much more first-team football next season. The youngster has a lot of work to do to break into the starting line-up. Playing and training with the aforementioned trio can only make him a better player. The young forward could well be a star of the future.
Liverpool are still City only realistic challengers
Even with a tired front three, Liverpool are still Manchester City’s only challengers for the league title next season. The Reds are likely to push the Citizens all the way in the race for the Premier League crown.
Klopp’s team were so close to winning the title last season, agonisingly close, in fact, finishing just a point behind Pep Guardiola’s champions. Liverpool gave everything they had in the title race. It will be hard for the Merseysider’s to do the same next season in an attempt to end their long league title drought.
Liverpool’s fearsome threesome minutes will be well managed by boss Klopp. However, there is still a slight fear that fatigue could be a crucial factor in the Reds chances of success next season.
Will Liverpool’s forward players suffer from fatigue next season?