With preseason preparations underway, The Anfield Talk’s Aaron (@AaronCawley81) takes a look at the most wonderful time of the year…
It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home. Surely I can’t be the only football fan who is sick of looking at these words appearing absolutely everywhere at the minute. Football fans around England are getting their hopes up that Gareth Southgate’s men can bring the world’s most famous trophy home with them from Russia.
As a Liverpool fan the less said about Russia and football matches been played in Russia the better.
On Saturday Engerland played and beat some other country in the World Cup but for there was a far more important match happening. That match included a debut for Naby Keita and Fabinho. A brace of goals from young Harry Wilson and goals from James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and a fantastic strike from Liverpool’s forgotten man Ryan Kent.
Who needs the World Cup when pre season for Liverpool has started against Chester? For fans it was great to get back to live football after the disappointment of the Champions League final. Fans travelled to watch Jürgen Klopps charges get a nice work out in the sun.
With Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Radio Mané making their way back to the club over the few weeks fans can’t wait to how Keita, Fabinho and the dynamic trio link up together when Liverpool hit the states.
Players such as Ings, Sturridge, Kent, Sheji Ojo, Dominic Solanke and Ovie Ejaria have a big pre season ahead of them.
For the likes of Ings and Sturridge this pre season could make or break their Liverpool careers. With Sturridge been let out on loan last January I personally think he’s playing for a move away from Liverpool. Ings on the hand is a different kettle of fish. He’s obviously liked by Klopp and he loves the club, something we saw when he scored last season against West Brom.
Ings though has a massive decision to make this summer.
Does he stay at Liverpool to see if he can dislodge one of Liverpool’s first choice attacking trip. While he’s not the dynamic player that say Firmino is he offers Liverpool something they haven’t had in a while, a fox in the box, a Robbie Fowleresque goal poacher. Will that be enough to keep him at the club only time will tell.
Jürgen Klopp has created the perfect dilemma for himself. With Salah, Mané and Firmino showing last season how good they are together other players like Kent, Ojo, Ejaria and Adam Lallana will be looking to themselves whether or not they want to play bit part players for the Reds next season. Ideally I would like to see Kent stay at the club and get a season under Klopp.
With Liverpool playing on four competitions next season a player like Kent could be a useful player. He showed against Chester he has an eye for goal and over all he had a good game. If Liverpool add some more attacking players the young players at the club could learn from them and this can only be a good deal for the young Liverpool players.
I have seen reports that Rangers in the SPL have first refusal on any Liverpool loanees because of Steven Gerrard managing the club. For me the likes of Kent, Solanke, Ojo or even Ejaria moving to Scotland would be a backwards move. The standard of football is the same as a Saturday junior league in Liverpool.
Alongside with Kent and Ings the one player I wish to see get game time for Liverpool next season is Harry Wilson. He took the chance to move to Hull last season in the Championship and the move didn’t faze him. It looked like he scored goals for fun.
Out of any of the Liverpool attacking players he is the one player who for me fits best in to Klopps system and I am expecting massive things from him next season. Klopp if he wanted could drop Firmino in to the number 10 role and let Wilson play the 9 in the front 3.
Here’s hoping for a good pre season and season from the Reds next season.