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SEASON SNAPSHOT: Two cup finals but more expected of Liverpool

Liverpool fans would expect much more than an eighth-placed finish each and every time their team commences a Premier League season.

A campaign that began with so much hope under Brendan Rodgers, ended the same way with Jurgen Klopp at the helm, but there was somewhat of a grey area in the middle.

Two cup finals ended in defeat - the Capital One Cup final to Manchester City and Europa League final to Sevilla - and there wasn't a great deal of positivity in their league results either.

However, the playing style under Klopp has the Reds a much more competitive unit and at times, they are able to dominate opponents as evidenced by some of their bigger wins over the course of the season.

Overall they are going to need some extra quality this summer to reinforce the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino while keeping Daniel Sturridge fit could define what happens in 2016/17.

To offset that unlikelihood, a big-name striker is required after Christian Benteke generally struggled.

Defence is also the key with Mamadou Sakho's career now under threat and the chance of Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure both leaving. Copping 50 goals is probably not good enough for a title hopeful.

But expect it to be onwards and upwards under Klopp who has the full support of the entire city and is destined to achieve success on Merseyside.


REDS SNAPSHOT

POSITION: 8th

WIN-DRAW-LOSS RECORD:16-12-10

POINTS:60

GOALS FOR-AGAINST:63-50


LIVERPOOL'S TOP 3

SCORERS:Roberto Firmino 10, Christian Benteke 9, Philippe Coutino, Daniel Sturridge both 8

ASSISTS: James Milner 11, Roberto Firmino 8, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana both 6

CLEAN SHEETS (leader): Simon Mignolet 11

YELLOW CARDS: James Milner, Emre Can both 9, Lucas Leiva 8

RED CARDS: Brad Smith, Philippe Coutinho, James Milner all 1

EA SPORTS Player Performance Index: Roberto Firmino 522, James Milner 508, Philippe Coutinho 459


TRIBAL'S TOP BOY

Roberto Firmino


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FROM THE BOSS

“The team will be a different team, that is clear, and we will do something with transfers - that's sure.

“There were moments when we showed what we are capable of but to be consistent we need more time and they are quite young. Maybe one day we can say this is a decisive moment for Liverpool."

- Jurgen Klopp, after Europa League final, May 2016.


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*Thanks to Opta

Andrew Slevison
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