The story so far
Two full seasons under Jurgen Klopp have yielded two fourth-placed Premier League finishes for Liverpool. On the evidence of their opening 12 games of the new season, they are laying the foundations for a higher finish.
Despite Mo Salah’s incredible goalscoring feats last term, it was the Reds’ inability to turn draws into victories that cost them a higher ultimate position; only Brighton, Southampton and relegated West Brom drew more games than the 12 Liverpool managed. On the flip side, only champions Manchester City – who finished a huge 25 points ahead of them – lost fewer.
In the wake of Philippe Coutinho’s January departure for Barcelona, Klopp (below) spent big in the summer. Naby Keita and Fabinho arrived to bolster a central midfield weakened by the departure of Emre Can and a long-term injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while the attacking skills of Xherdan Shaqiri arrived for a cut-price £13m after Stoke’s relegation to the Championship.