Liverpool 2019/20 season review: The 30-year title wait is over

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

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After 30 long and winding years, Liverpool won the league title.

Here’s our season review of Jürgen Klopp’s history-makers.

Player of the season: Sadio Mané

There could have been five or six candidates for this award which shows the immense quality running through this team.

However, Mané seems to be improving year after year and just edges out the likes of Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Senegalese international scored 22 goals and laid on 12 assists in all competitions this season for the league champions.

His ability to dribble past a player with either foot is a fierce weapon but his hard work and positioning also allows Andrew Robertson to affect the game in the way he does.

The best left inside-forward in Europe at the moment.

Rising star: Curtis Jones

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They are getting very excited about the potential of Curtis Jones at Anfield.

The 19-year-old scouser broke onto the scene during this campaign and there could now be a regular place for him in the squad following the departure of Adam Lallana.

His screamer in the FA Cup victory over Everton has earned him credit in the bank with supporters.

Flop of the season: The defence of their European crown

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It would be incredibly harsh to single out a player for real criticism however there were disappointing moments for Jürgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool were one of the best sides left in the Champions League and would have been the favourites to retain their crown in the eyes of many.

To be knocked out at the last-16 stage by losing both legs to Atlético Madrid resembles a real disappointment and something that needs to be put right next season.

The Reds are in with a realistic shot of winning the double next season, but need to strike while the iron’s hot.

King of the Klopp

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How do you get over missing out on the Premier League title despite amassing 97 points?

You get up and win it the next season with 99 points.

Jürgen Klopp has done what seven of his predecessors had failed to do, and finally brought the holy grail back to L4.

The German deserves all the credit in the world for picking up a team that had achieved that points total but still didn’t win the league to go on to do what they have done.

European champions, World champions and now at long last, they can call themselves the champions of England.

The culture he is created at Melwood has enabled these successes to happen, and his tactical development has seen Liverpool turn from ‘heavy-metal’ flakes into the most beautiful and synchronised symphony.

Klopp’s stock amongst Liverpool fans could not be any higher.

A statue awaits.

What comes next?

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How can Liverpool improve on the last two seasons?

Well, there is still a lot that can be worked on which is scary for the rest of the league.

The performances and results since the restart won’t have Klopp sweating too much but can be used as a motivational tool to guard against complacency when the players return for pre-season.

After pulling out of a move for Timo Werner due to financial concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, it seems unlikely that the club will make any big moves in the transfer market this summer.

However, links to Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcântara aren’t going away, and supporters will be keeping a keen eye on any developments there.

A plan for when either of Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson aren’t available needs to be found, and the early signs of Neco Williams’ involvement are promising.

The focus will be on Naby Keïta when the new season comes around.

Will he finally be able to reproduce the form he showed at RB Leipzig? If he does, Liverpool’s midfield could move on to another level.

The time has to be now for Keïta.

Rating the season: 9.9/10