Predicting Liverpool’s 2017/18 season – top scorer, player of year, best signing and more

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It wouldn’t be a new season without some pre-season predictions, so we asked some of the This Is Anfield regulars for their LFC foresight.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side begin the new season at Watford on Saturday, with the first-leg of the Champions League playoff in Hoffenheim just three days later. A good start is imperative.

While wholesale changes weren’t required this summer, only three players have thus far arrived, while August is now dominated by talk of Philippe Coutinho potentially heading to Barcelona.

With plenty of questions still up in the air then, we asked the This Is Anfield writers for their LFC-specific predictions ahead of the new season.

HENRY JACKSON

Predicted finish: 3rd

Top Goalscorer: Mane

Player of the Year: Mane

Best New Signing: Salah

Flop of the Season: Origi

This season I’d be happy with a genuine title challenge and Champions League last-16.

 

KARL MATCHETT

Predicted finish: 4th

Top Goalscorer: Salah

Player of the Year: Salah

Best New Signing: Salah

Flop of the Season: Origi

This season I’d be happy with a new centre-back, top four and last 16!

BERLIN, GERMANY - Saturday, July 29, 2017: Liverpool make five substitute changes at half-time bringing on Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino, captain Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Mohamed Salah during a preseason friendly match celebrating 125 years of football for Liverpool and Hertha BSC Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

SACHIN NAKRANI

Predicted finish: 3rd

Top Goalscorer: Firmino

Player of the Year: Coutinho (if he stays!)

Best New Signing: Van Dijk (hopefully!)

Flop of the Season: The Liverpool Echo’s website – good journalism let down by one of the most frustrating-to-use things ever put on the internet. Stop with the bloody surveys!

This season I’d be happy with keeping Coutinho, getting out of the Champions League group stages and, dare I say it, winning a trophy

 

BEN TWELVES

Predicted finish: 4th

Top Goalscorer: Firmino

Player of the Year: Firmino

Best New Signing: Salah

Flop of the Season: Lovren

This season I’d be happy with a top four finish.

MUNICH, GERMANY - Tuesday, August 1, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Sadio Mane during the Audi Cup 2017 match between FC Bayern Munich and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

AARON CUTLER

Predicted finish: 6th

Top Goalscorer: Salah

Player of the Year: Mane

Best New Signing: Salah

Flop of the Season: Origi

This season I’d be happy with a top four finish. Sadly we haven’t added the quality expected nor required for anything more.

 

JAMES NALTON

Predicted finish: 3rd

Top Goalscorer: Firmino

Player of the Year: Firmino

Best New Signing: Solanke

Flop of the Season: N/A

This season I’d be happy with Comfortable top three, Champions League knockout stages, domestic cup final.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke [R] and Ben Woodburn celebrates their side's third goal against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

JACK LUSBY

Predicted finish: 4th

Top Goalscorer: Salah

Player of the Year: Coutinho

Best New Signing: Salah

Flop of the Season: Origi

This season I’d be happy with another top four finish, at least quarter-finals in Europe and a cup.

 

EMMA SANDERS

Predicted finish: 4th

Top Goalscorer: Mane

Player of the Year: Firmino

Best New Signing: Salah

Flop of the Season: Lovren

This season I’d be happy with a top four finish and a cup trophy.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 5, 2017: Liverpool's Divock Origi looks dejected after missing a chance against during a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

MATT LADSON

Predicted finish: 3rd

Top Goalscorer: Firmino

Player of the Year: Mane

Best New Signing: Salah (hardly spoiled for choice here as of yet)

Flop of the Season: Henderson, due to injuries again

This season I’d be happy with another top four finish and knockout stages of Champions League.

 

NEIL POOLE

Predicted finish: 4th

Top Goalscorer: Firmino

Player of the Year: Mane

Best New Signing: Salah

Flop of the Season: Everyone will be great.

This season I’d be happy with consolidating with another top 4 finish and win a cup. Any cup.

 

* Click here to see how right or wrong we got it last summer.

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