LFC Transfer Room Season Preview

Ritchie Slack
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Here we go again. Another new season, five minutes after the climax of the last. Liverpool, champions after thirty years, kick-off later this evening at home to Leeds United (remember them?).

Here are some of our writers’ predictions for the 20/21 Premier League season…

Ritchie Slack (@Slack_9)

1. Predictions for top 4
For me, it’s a flip of a coin between Liverpool and City for top spot. My heart obviously says Liverpool but City have strengthened again in the transfer window and they certainly won’t be as many points adrift as last year. Chelsea 3rd and United 4th.

2. Predictions for bottom 3
Fulham. West Brom. Villa. Grealish can’t do it on his own again, surely?

3. Liverpool player to have their ‘breakthrough’ season
Naby Keita, if he stays fit, will burn the PL to the ground (I mean that). He is a creator, a presser, a goalscorer and has an engine other CMs dream of. Expecting big things from Curtis Jones too if he is to get more minutes as suggested. Honourable mention to Neco Williams.

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4. Liverpool player of the season
I fully expect Mané to continue his form into this season and kick on again. That said, I expect Salah to be right up there with his impressive G/A record – he’s also nearing 100 club goals. VVD always worth a safe punt.

5. PL game most looking forward to
Manchester United at home. Still the biggest rivalry in English football. England’s most two most successful teams competing against each other once again should always have fans on the edge of their seats. There is no greater feeling than beating Man Utd, and hopefully, we see it again this year.

Ben Stevens (@stev_ben)

1. Top 4 Predictions
Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, United. The top two will be tight and depends a lot on their business in the last month of the window. If City get Koulibaly and/or Liverpool get Thiago and a backup forward, it could tip the title either way. Chelsea have a lot of talent, but gelling all these new signings (and egos) with the existing squad is going to be tough. United are good, but still a long way off the summit in every department.

2. Bottom 3 predictions
West Ham, Brighton, West Brom Always tough to predict. West Ham and Brighton have been teetering for a couple of seasons and lack the quality of player to survive in what will be a highly competitive league this year. Brighton especially. West Brom are a yo-yo team and Bilic doesn’t inspire me with confidence after his West Ham exit.

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3. Liverpool’s breakthrough player
Naby Keita- the obvious choice. The only player who played with any class at the end of last season. Supreme dribbler and ball winner, Klopp loves him. Could be the difference in tight, chanceless games, with a piece of magic or his little slipped through balls. Exciting.

4. Liverpool player of the season
Sadio Mane- Our X-Factor. Creator, goalscorer, paceman, presser. Has been improving each and every season and this could realistically be his last season before getting himself a move to Real or Barca… Think Suarez 13/14 vibes (without the controversy). He’s gonna be on it.

5. PL game most looking forward to

Chelsea vs Arsenal. No defending, No tactics, just flair and vibes. So many exciting attacking players against poor defenders. Aubameyang against 35-year-old Silva and Kurt Zouma. Werner, Havertz, Pulisic against Arsenal’s Brazilian CBs. Both games will be complete chaos.

Sergio Sampaio (@sergio_gcs)

1. Predictions for top 4
I think Liverpool, Chelsea, United and City are one step above. I’m waiting to see what Lampard can do with all these arrivals, maybe they’ll be our strongest challengers. Arsenal still have a way to go, and Tottenham will settle for Europa League.

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2. Predictions for bottom 3
West Brom and Fulham get two spots here. Really don’t think they’ll manage to avoid relegation. The other one is between Brighton, Burnley and West Ham. Bielsa’s Leeds will be this season’s Sheffield United.

3. Liverpool breakthrough player
Naby Keita – this is his season. I have the utmost faith in him, and finally, in 20/21, we’ll see the brilliant player he is. He only needs confidence, and to stay healthy. The rest he already has… Curtis Jones also gets a nod here, the lad will shine.

4. Liverpool player of the season
Trent Alexander-Arnold, the best right-back in the world. Each new season he develops massively, and the level he’s playing at right now is just mesmerizing. We absolutely can’t take him for granted, and this new season he’ll thrive even more.

5. PL game most looking forward
I really, really like Marcelo Bielsa and I’m very excited to play Leeds on the opening day. But my choice will have to be Everton. They’ve made good signings and Ancelotti will be under pressure to deliver. Maybe they’ll be some really good Merseyside Derbies this season. Let’s hope for some more Origi’s specials.

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