It has been an up and down season for Liverpool this season. The arrival of Jurgen Klopp as manager in October was greeted with huge optimism at Anfield and he has certainly delivered in the cup competitions but the league is a different beast he will have to master during his first full campaign next season.
Klopp has steered Liverpool into the Europa League Final against Sevilla after knocking out is former club Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal. Much will rely on the final in Basel on Wednesday 18th May to determine whether this has been a successful season culminating in a trophy and a Champions League spot.
The league has been a tough one for Liverpool who currently lie in eighth place. Excellent wins against Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City have been outshone by defeats at Swansea City, Southampton and Watford. Klopp win be expected to compete at the top end of the Premier League next season, we take a look at three players that could propel Liverpool up the league.
1. Granit Xhaka
One of the most sort after players in Europe at the moment is Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka. The 23-year old Switzerland international is a big transfer target for the likes of Arsenal and Bayern Munich but would be a perfect fit for Liverpool in an anchoring midfield role.
Xhaka has been at Monchengladbach since 2012 and has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga. His tough tackling no-nonsense play would be a vital asset to the Liverpool midfield which has lacked some bite in recent years. He also has an eye for goal scoring six times in 40 international appearances for Switzerland and will be on route to France for this summers European Championships.
With the constant injury problems of captain Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva being more of a utility man at Anfield nowadays, Xhaka would be a big player for Liverpool. He would form a nice partnership with Emre Can in midfield allowing the more attack-minded players in the Liverpool squad to express themselves.