The 2017/18 Premier League season: The view from the other 19 clubs

The 2017/18 Premier League season is over, but how do non-Liverpool fans rate their respective teams’ campaigns, and the Reds’ future title hopes?


Another highly entertaining league season has come to an end, with Liverpool securing a fourth-placed finish after their 4-0 win over Brighton on Sunday.

Man City romped to the league title, amassing 100 points, while Man United and Tottenham joined the Reds in the top four.

The Championship beckons for West Brom, Stoke City and Swansea City, and Chelsea, Arsenal and Burnley qualified for the Europa League.

We’ve got in touch with a supporter from each of the other 19 top-flight clubs to get their thoughts on the season, and Liverpool’s title chances in 2018/19.

 

Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, December 15, 2017: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 6th

Eventual finish: 6th

Rate your season out of 10: 4

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Riyad Mahrez. Realistic, I suppose.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

A world-class goalkeeper, a centre-back and Naby Keita.

Faisal Khan (@fkhanage)

 

Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 4, 2016: AFC Bournemouth's manager Eddie Howe during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Dean Court. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 12th

Eventual finish: 12th

Rate your season out of 10: 6

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Fulham’s Tom Cairney.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Apart from a points deduction of 25 points for City and a 10-point deduction for United, I’d say David de Gea in the transfer window to really annoy the Mancunians!

Peter Bell (@CherryChimes)

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

BRIGHTON AND HOVE, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 2, 2017: Brighton & Hove Albion's caption Bruno Saltor Grau during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 20th

Eventual finish: 15th

Rate your season out of 10: 8

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Jay Rodriguez.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

A goalkeeper who can earn 10 points a season.

Kieran Maguire (@KieranMaguire)

 

Burnley

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 3, 2018: Burnley's goalkeeper Nick Pope during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester City FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 16th

Eventual finish: 7th

Rate your season out of 10: 10. How can it be anything less?

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Jay Rodriguez. A Burnley lad through and through, and will not only love the club but give us some extra class up front.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

A £70 million goalkeeper!

Natalie Bromley (@Natalie_Bromley)

 

Chelsea

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 23, 2017: Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte before the FA Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 2nd

Eventual finish: 5th

Rate your season out of 10: 4 (rising to 6/10 if we win the FA cup)

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Mahrez.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Liverpool need to be stronger mentally and have the ability to grind out results, like Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea teams.

Richard Long (@CONTETHEKING)

 

Crystal Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 31, 2018: Crystal Palace's manager Roy Hodgson before the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by Dave Shopland/Propaganda)c

TIA’s predicted finish: 9th

Eventual finish: 11th

Rate your season out of 10: 8. Horrible start but recovered brilliantly. Staying up is always the main goal.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Ruben Loftus-Cheek. When he adds goals to his game there is a really good player there.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Liverpool don’t need to add too many players to contend. The attack is sorted and the defence has improved. Consistency will help more than anything.

Rory Brelsford-Stewart (@RoryBS)

 

Everton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 7, 2018: Everton's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the FA Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool, the 231st Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 7th

Eventual finish: 8th

Rate your season out of 10: 3. A massive disappointment given the lofty pre-season expectations. Everton are now further away from being ready to properly compete, despite an outlay of over £200 million.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Abdoulaye Doucoure. Hopefully Marco Silva could bring his former charge with him if he is appointed as Sam Allardyce’s successor. Everton’s midfield badly needs an insertion of dynamism.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Extra depth in just about every position and a top-class goalkeeper. Despite improved performances of late, the jury is still out on Karius at the very highest level.

Paddy Boyland (@Paddy_Boyland)

 

Huddersfield Town

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 26, 2017: Huddersfield Town's manager David Wagner before the FA Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton at the John Smith's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 18th

Eventual finish: 16th

Rate your season out of 10: 10. That sort of grading isn’t normally warranted, but I feel after this season, in particular the way the squad battled to stay in the division, it is deserved.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

If it was possible to persuade Terence Kongolo to join permanently from Monaco it would be incredible.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

More of the same from the latter half of the season.

Another player of similar qualities to Van Dijk in the middle of defence could see a title challenge. I am very impressed with both Alexander-Arnold and Robertson.

After the second leg against Roma in the Champions League, the squad seemed to drift somewhat in the league. Focus until the end domestically is most certainly required, and City will be extremely hard to displace.

Nathan Hosker (@htafcslo)

 

Leicester City

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 13th

Eventual finish: 9th

Rate your season out of 10: 6.5. By no means a disaster, but definite room for improvement.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Xherdan Shaqiri. If Mahrez leaves we need a quality, creative replacement.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Strength in depth.

The starting XI is as good as any in the league, especially the much-praised front three, but winning the league requires a strong squad. Some quality additions will make a big difference.

Jamie Thorpe (@thorpie54)

 

Man City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, May 14, 2018: Manchester City's captain Vincent Kompany celebrates with the trophy on stage after the parade through the city after winning the FA Premier League and the Football League Cup trophies. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: Champions

Eventual finish: Champions

Rate your season out of 10: 10. How can it be anything else given the records City have smashed? It has been a domestic season of unparalleled dominance and all achieved with a swaggering style.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Jorginho is a brilliant talent and signing him makes sense on every level, but to really get the juices flowing I would love to see an all-out ‘City are buying the league’ bid for Kylian Mbappe.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Keita will improve you immeasurably, as too will the addition of a top-class goalkeeper.

A Ringo Starr to your Fab Three will help too, because any mid-term or long-term injuries to Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino and the title becomes a longer shot.

Ste Tudor (@SteTudor123)

 

Man United

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 9, 2017: Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho during the FA Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 4th

Eventual finish: 2nd

Rate your season out of 10: 5. Nineteen fucking points behind the best team in the country is a disgrace. If you can’t win the league at least contend for it. Not one club has troubled City and everyone else should be ashamed of that.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

A left-back. A left winger. A right-back. A right winger. And find a captain for fuck sake. Someone who can take charge on the field like Martin Buchan, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Nemanja Vidic.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

The mentality that second, third and fourth isn’t acceptable.

Ste Armstrong (@sarm0161)

 

Newcastle United

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TIA’s predicted finish: 10th

Eventual finish: 10th

Rate your season out of 10: 8

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Andy Carroll.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Not a lot!

Alex Hurst (@tfNUFCfanzine)

 

Southampton

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 14, 2017: Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in action against Burnley during the FA Premier League match at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 14th

Eventual finish: 17th

Rate your season out of 10: 4

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Quincy Promes.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Liverpool are probably three or four starting players short of challenging City over the course of a season. They need a better goalkeeper, right-sided centre-back and defensive midfielder, and possibly another full-back.

In addition to that, City’s strength in depth is so much greater, which provides them with a massive advantage over the course of a 38-game season.

Richard Brereton (@RichardBrer)

 

Stoke City

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 28, 2018: Stoke City's goalkeeper Jack Butland during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Stoke City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 15th

Eventual finish: 19th

Rate your season out of 10: 1. Shockingly poor, and we all saw it coming.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Difficult to say, but a rumoured move for Dwight Gayle has got a lot of supporters’ hopes up. He would be fantastic.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Game management.

City can kill off the smaller clubs with a lot more ease. Although blessed with an outstanding attack, Klopp sometimes can’t find a way to grab three points against teams who set up to defend.

David Cowlishaw (@davidcowlishaw)

 

Swansea City

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal (David Davies/EMPICS Sport)

TIA’s predicted finish: 18th

Eventual finish: 18th

Rate your season out of 10: 2

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

I don’t know where to start. So many players will leave, so we will need players in every position.

Keeping Oliver McBurnie would be a start as he was Barnsley’s Player of the Season, despite only joining on loan in January.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Sign a world-class and more consistent goalkeeper, replace Lovren at the back. You’re probably fine elsewhere, although Milner isn’t getting any younger.

Kevin Elphick (@Kevin_Elphick)

 

Tottenham

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 4, 2018: Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 5th

Eventual finish: 3rd

Rate your season out of 10: 8.5

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

A top striker to help Harry Kane.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Another top centre-back or a creative midfielder to support the front three—either or both will surely be on Klopp’s summer wish list.

It feels like Liverpool are very close to challenging City.

Russ Williams (@Russw777)

 

Watford

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Monday, May 1, 2017: Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 19th

Eventual finish: 14th

Rate your season out of 10: 5. We stayed up comfortably which is an achievement, but after such a blistering start it is hard not to be a little disappointed.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Watford scored one goal away from Vicarage Road in 2018 and not many more at home. The Hornets need a striker badly. I don’t care who he is as long as he knows where the goal is.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

Apart from City being docked 10 points for financial irregularities, the Reds must keep Salah. They must also freshen up the squad. If you’re standing still you’re going backwards, so adding high-end performers is vital.

Replacing Can will be important, and having a reliable backup option for the versatile Milner could be pivotal, too.

Mike Parkin (@watfordpodcast)

 

West Brom

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 14, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 11th

Eventual finish: 20th

Rate your season out of 10: 3. Until the final few weeks Albion deserved a rating close to zero.

Very little had gone right, the club had suffered its longest ever Premier League losing streak and were going down without a whimper.

But caretaker manager Darren Moore salvaged some pride with a string of fabulous results including wins against Man United, Newcastle and Tottenham.

He even had the more optimistic Albion fans dreaming of an unthinkable escape heading into the final week.

The Baggies went down as the bottom club, but at least with their dignity intact.

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Relegation inevitably means West Brom will have to dip into a very different market to the one they’ve shopped in for the past eight years.

They need to find players who have excelled at Championship level, but who Premier League clubs are not yet ready to take a chance on.

Bristol City midfielder Bobby Reid, who banged in 21 goals in all competitions last season, might just fit the bill.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

The season before last Liverpool took more points off the ‘big six’ than any other team, so the trio of wins over all-conquering City came as little surprise.

Liverpool have, for a while now, been able to mix it with the best of them. It’s a question of consistency. It’s seeing off the lesser teams—the likes of West Brom, who have proved a huge thorn in Klopp’s side—that will take the Reds to the next level.

To get there, they’ll certainly need a specialist left-back and another big signing at centre-back because I’m still not convinced by Lovren, Matip or Klavan.

Keita’s impending arrival should make a big difference, too, not that Liverpool are light in central midfield.

Paul Suart (@PaulSuartWBA)

 

West Ham

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 24, 2018: West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA’s predicted finish: 8th

Eventual finish: 13th

Rate your season out of 10: 4

Name one player you’d realistically like your club to sign this summer…

Cairney at Fulham looks a great player.

What do Liverpool require to become a title contender next season?

I think a world-class goalkeeper would make all the difference, along with possibly a couple of defenders.

Attack-wise, I don’t think Liverpool can get much better.

Danny Rust (@Danny_Rust10)

* Thanks to all 19 contributors for their views on the season!

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