Liverpool kick off their 2018/19 Premier League campaign this afternoon, and The Anfield Talk’s Chris (@EmreCanderson) is feeling optimistic about the season ahead…
OUR SEASON STARTS TODAY.
I love the first day of the season. Every eventuality is possible. Watford do an Invincibles season? Possible. Chelsea relegated with just two wins? Possible.
The Reds being the absolute business? Probable.
Last season ended on such a low. Mo Salah in a sling, Loris Karius in tears and the European Cup in Sergio Ramos’ hands.
It’s a long wait to put that right. A wait made even longer by a World Cup that saw Salah’s Egypt struggle, Henderson’s England defy expectations but fall short, and Lovren’s Croatia come agonisingly close.
But that is in the past. The Premier League is now. It starts today.
38 games sit between now and the end of the season, between us and the title. 38 lots of 90 minutes.
There probably hasn’t been more optimism surrounding the start of a Liverpool season for some time. The summer of 2014/15 held so much promise but petered out rather quickly.
This preseason has been good. Debuts for new signings Naby Keïta, Fabinho, Xhersan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker. The resurgence of Daniel Sturridge. The return of Salah, looking every bit as glorious as last season.
The summer transfer dealings have left Liverpool in better shape than when they started the summer. The departure of Emre Can is barely felt, with Keïta already inbound and Fabinho further filling that gap. Xherdan Shaqiri adds much needed depth to the front three. The signing of Alisson Becker from Roma means the Reds actually have a goalkeeper worthy of the title for the first time in a while. But please, keep him away from Achterberg.
The retention of all the key players is excellent, with barely any rumours of them leaving. Salah signed a new contract, Mané took a new number, the 10, to fully put to bed the Philippe Coutinho saga.
All this, while rivals haven’t strengthened. Tottenham have sat still. Chelsea have lost their goalkeeper and signed a relative unknown, who may well be the business but may well lash one in his own goal. The acquisition of Kovacic is a good one, though the loan gives them no benefit beyond the end of this season.
Manchester City have signed a winger they probably didn’t need but did it anyway. Sound. Manchester United have signed a third midfielder to ‘unlock Paul Pogba’. Arsenal have signed a goalkeeper who might be a bit dodgy and some dead old centre halves.
But Liverpool. Liverpool is what matters. And today starts a Liverpool season that holds so much promise.
What would be a successful season for this Liverpool side? Why put a lid on it? Why limit it? Believe instead. Believe. Liverpool could win the title this season, believe that they can. Believe that they will.
Up the Reds.