After over 30 years, Liverpool are about to be crowned Champions of England once again.
The red side of the city has been stuck on 18 league titles since 1990 and have been forced to sit by and watch as fierce rivals Manchester United caught them up and overtook them in the leaderboard as the most successful domestic club in the country.
This year however, Liverpool have absolutely dominated all-comers in the Premier League. When the season resumes on June 17th, Liverpool will be 25 points ahead of their closest rivals and need just six points from their remaining nine games to secure the title.
Jurgen Klopp has invested heavily in the last two years to get his side to this point, signing colossal centre back Virgil Van Dijk for £75m from Southampton, goalkeeper Alisson Becker and winger Mo Salah from AS Roma for a combined £94m, Fabinho from AS Monaco for £40m, Naby Keita from RB Leipzig for £54m and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal for £35m. While lots of that was funded by the £142m sale of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona, the owners still pumped a lot of money into the side to make them competitive.
Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, football is on it’s back financially. Many clubs are facing money troubles, with several sides asking their players and staff to take wage deferrals until the world returns to some form of normality. It seems now however, that FSG’s money may have dried up.
According to reports, Klopp was told by the owners that the club could not afford Leipzig forward Timo Werner and have thus lost out on his signature, with the German international set to join Chelsea. Any deals Liverpool make this summer will have to be loans or swaps, which would make it two summers in a row without any significant reinforcement in the side.
While it obviously did little harm this year, it was helped by rivals being weakened. Man City lost Leroy Sane to injury for the entirety of the campaign, while captain Vincent Kompany left after his contract expired and was never replaced. Key players Fernandinho and David Silva are a year older too. Manchester United strengthened greatly, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s ability as a coach is still under fire. Chelsea’s summer was by far the worst. They brought in club legend Frank Lampard as manager, who’s only achievement as a coach was taking Derby from 6th place to 6th place and losing in the play-off finals the season before. They also sold the best player in the league in Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for around £90m and were unable to replace him or reinvest in the squad at all due to a transfer ban.
All of this, in addition to Liverpool’s brilliance, has seen the most one sided Premier League season transpire in front of our eyes.
The club have been linked with loan moves for Ousmanne Dembele and even bringing Phillipe Coutinho back, although reports suggest that Dembele isn’t interested in a move to Anfield and that Liverpool consider Coutinho’s possible return as “IMPOSSIBLE”. Young players like Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott may be brought through to the first-team picture next year to make up for the lack of spending, much like Chelsea did with Reece James, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour.
A quick look at reports in the media sees that all the top clubs barring Liverpool and Tottenham are looking to reinforce their squad this summer, irrespective of the current climate. If this happens, The Kop will be counting their lucky stars that they can maintain their brilliance for one more season or they face letting others catch and potentially overtake them all over again.