The Liverpool squad reflected on a “brilliant year” in 2018, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain providing a positive update as he returns to fitness in the New Year.
Last year was a hugely productive one for the Reds, reaching the Champions League final and finishing fourth in the Premier League in 2017/18, and mounting a title challenge with an unbeaten start to the league this time out.
On an individual level, too, it was outstanding, with Mohamed Salah breaking countless records in his maiden campaign on Merseyside, Dejan Lovren reaching the World Cup final and Rhian Brewster making strides in the fight against racism.
Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri were all brought into the club, while Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez were among those to sign new long-term contracts.
The changing face of Liverpool is hugely encouraging, and as the squad took to Instagram over New Year, the optimism was clear.
That was particularly the case for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been sidelined since April with a knee injury but is now firmly on the road to recovery:
The likes of Van Dijk, Gomez, Keita, James Milner and Jordan Henderson looked back over an “amazing and special” year in 2018, and set their sights on an “even better” 2019:
Andy Robertson echoed the words of Jurgen Klopp, who assessed 2018 as having been “a fantastic, fantastic year apart from one really shit day,” referencing defeat to Real Madrid in Kyiv:
And Lovren provided another brilliant insight into his relationship with Salah:
Alisson, Shaqiri, Firmino, Gini Wijnaldum, Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Rafa Camacho simply wished supporters a happy New Year:
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Só temos a agradecer a Deus pelo ano de 2018, pois nos sustentou nos momentos difíceis, e nos abençoou com momentos maravilhosos! Com certeza será um ano inesquecível! Um Feliz ano novo a todos! Que Deus abençoe a tua vida, e a vida da tua família!!! ???????? #feliz2019 #happynewyear
“We only have to thank God for the year 2018, because it sustained us in difficult times, and blessed us with wonderful moments!
“It will surely be an unforgettable year! A Happy New Year to all! May God bless your life, and the life of your family!”
“Thank you for everything that happened to me in the last year and I wish the next one to have even more light.
“May it not lack joy to all people, nor health, peace and love. Happiness is a choice and I always choose to be happy. Happy New Year!”
While Divock Origi and youngsters Curtis Jones and Bobby Duncan looked ahead to a more fruitful 2019:
Meanwhile, loanees Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic set their sights high for the New Year, and Sheyi Ojo, who has enjoyed mixed success with Stade de Reims so far, said he is “looking forward to the second half of the season”:
Liverpool are not back in action until Thursday, with a crucial trip to Man City to come in the league, which provides Klopp’s squad with an opportunity to reflect and aim for an even more profitable 2019.