April 8

Is this the best squad Jürgen Klopp has had in his time at Liverpool?

“This is the strongest squad, there is no doubt about that. If that wasn’t the case then that means that we have got weaker over the years.”

Those were the words of Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp when asked whether this was the best group of players he had worked with in his time as Liverpool manager. Given the success he has enjoyed with the club over the last few years, it’s a bold assertion, especially when there is still so much to play for this season, but it must be said that it’s difficult to argue with the German when you look at the Anfield side’s squad on paper.

Liverpool has already added the League Cup to their list of honors won under Klopp, and with the Reds still competing for the Premier League title, the Champions League, and the FA Cup, there is a chance that this team could make history as English football’s first quadruple winners. That may seem like something of a long shot for those who bet on football with SkyBet, but it’s clear that Klopp has confidence in his ranks.

Most will look back at the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, when Liverpool won the Champions League and Premier League respectively, and assert that those were the best teams Klopp worked with since arriving at Anfield in 2015. Given that the Reds lost just a handful of games in that time, producing stunning displays in the Champions League and cruising to the domestic title, you could argue that it would be difficult for any future iteration of Liverpool’s squad to come close.

However, to look at the list of players now is to see immense depth in every area of the pitch. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker was purchased from Roma in the summer of 2018 to bring much-needed solidity in goal, but in Caoimhin Kelleher, Liverpool has arguably the best backup goalkeeper in the world, as evidenced by the young Irishman’s sensational performance in the recent League Cup final win over Chelsea.

Defensively, Liverpool suffered a torrid time of it with injuries in the 2020-21 campaign, but after the acquisition of Ibrahima Konaté in the summer transfer window, and the return to fitness of Virgil van Dijk, Joël Matip, and Joe Gomez, Liverpool suddenly has tremendous strength in depth at the heart of the defense. Kostas Tsimikas is a terrific alternative to Andy Robertson in the left-back position, although it must be said that the Reds are lacking adequate backup to Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.

Meanwhile, Liverpool has a number of midfield options, and the emergence of Harvey Elliott this season has been a real bonus for Klopp and his coaching staff.

Then, you have an enigmatic group of forwards all jostling for a place in the starting 11. The classic front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, and Mohamed Salah still remain, but with competition from Diogo Jota, new signing Luis Díaz, Takumi Minamino, and the long-serving Divock Origi, Liverpool are well-stocked in terms of striking options.

When you analyze Liverpool’s squad, it’s no surprise that Klopp feels he is working with the best group of footballers ever assembled in his time at the club. The only question now is, how much silverware can this team get their hands on?


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Elle Gellrich