Guardian writers’ predicted place 2nd (NB: this isn’t essentially Andy Hunter’s prediction however the common of our writers’ ideas)
Last season’s place 2nd
Odds to win the league (by way of Oddschecker) 5-2
There is a contact of the unknown about Liverpool this season, unusually, with Jürgen Klopp beginning a primary full marketing campaign at Anfield with out Sadio Mané and seeking to a pool of younger expertise led by Darwin Núñez to compensate for the plain lack of the Senegal worldwide. Not doubtful, nonetheless, is Liverpool’s place because the best-equipped workforce to disclaim Manchester City a hat-trick of Premier League titles.
Dreams of an unprecedented quadruple evaporated within the ultimate seven days of final season – serving as an additional incentive this trip – however Klopp’s facet are evolving properly with Luis Díaz and Ibrahima Konaté impressing of their debut campaigns. This summer season’s enterprise – signing Núñez earlier than permitting Mané to go away, lastly securing Mohamed Salah’s providers for an additional three years and eradicating any contract distractions at a stroke, touchdown right-back cowl for an preliminary £4m in Calvin Ramsay then promoting Neco Williams for 4 occasions that value – was an extra demonstration of the well-run operation at Anfield regardless of the departure of sporting director Michael Edwards.
With the Mané-Roberto Firmino-Salah period over, and given the attributes of the Colombian Díaz plus Fabio Carvalho, Klopp has urged there might be extra versatility to Liverpool’s assault than the 4-3-3 system that has served him so nicely. In Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, he has two different younger property able to take the following step. But there’s a vital accountability on Núñez. How the 23-year-old adapts to his first season at Anfield and within the Premier League – particularly compared to Erling Haaland at City – might be a key issue within the future of the title.