As Liverpool prepare for the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season, how do the media think the Reds will fare?
Liverpool are going largely under the radar compared to some of their rivals, no doubt partly due to a lack of spending so far this summer.
Klopp and his players will fully believe they can clinch another league crown, however, and they have looked hungry during pre-season.
Here’s where pundits and journalists are tipping the Reds to finish. Klopp might want to pin this on the changing room wall…
The Guardian‘s writers averaged out their predictions and have Liverpool to finish fourth, which comes as a surprise.
Are people underestimating this Reds team?
One journalist who was more bullish about Liverpool’s chances was Andy Hunter, however, who said that “the target remains the same as Klopp’s stated aim of 12 months ago – to attack the title.”
He also added that new signings would be welcome, but stressed that “even now this is a title-challenging Liverpool squad.”
James Benge of CBS Sports tipped the Reds to finish fourth in the table – an outcome that would clearly be deemed unsatisfactory:
“Sometimes there are seasons that just look to be set up for a particular team from the outset.
“Liverpool’s title-winning run was one: a settled group of players at the peak of their individual powers who had done enough in other competitions to convince themselves that a first English title since 1989 was within reach.
“This is not one of those seasons.”
Liverpool will finish in third place, according to FourFourTwo, with Andrew Murray saying Klopp must “reawaken his mentality monsters.”
Another publication to offer a slightly bleak outlook are Bleacher Report, who have Liverpool down as fourth-place finishers.
He also highlighted Salah as the key man for the Reds, saying his goals will “power” any title challenge that potentially materialises.
“Something happens at Anfield when it’s packed with supporters – more so than any other club. Will it be enough?
Micah Richards told the NSport that Liverpool will be in third place, with his former club City taking home the crown:
“They have a settled defence but might still need a left-back and a striker. I see Chelsea as the biggest threat followed by Liverpool and Manchester United.”
Karl Matchett of the Independent thinks the Reds are one of three teams capable of winning the league and was another who claimed Salah will scoop the Golden Boot.
Finally, no journalists from The Athletic believe Liverpool have it in them to be champions – put it on the dressing room wall, Jurgen!
The media’s predicted Liverpool finish:
- Guardian: 4th
- BBC Sport: 2nd
- FourFourTwo: 3rd
- Bleacher Report: 4th
- Eurosport: 2nd