Year Formed

1892

Stadium

Anfield

Capacity

44,742
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2013/14

After being one of the most dominant sides of the old Division One, Liverpool have earned the reputation of always being the bridesmaid but never the bride in the Premier League era. They came closest to the title in 2013/14 when, with just three games to go, the Reds literally let the title slip away from them. Steven Gerrard took a tumble and handed rivals Chelsea three points. Manchester City would leapfrog them to grab glory at the Reds’ expense.

 

How they fared last season

A tale of two halves. Brendan Rodgers’s poor tactical decisions and costly losses finally exhausted the board’s patience and long-term target Jurgen Klopp was brought in to replace the Northern Irishman. The appointment of the German brought back attractive football once more and Liverpool enjoyed a run to both the League Cup and Europa Cup finals. While they only finished 8th and failed to win any silverware, the long suffering faithful of the Kop have been given a taste of what might be.

63
number of goals
scored last season
50
number of goals
conceded last season
3
red cards
61
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Jürgen Norbert Klopp.

What Liverpool lacked in the opening part of the season last year was a tactical game changer – a man who could analyse where the side was going wrong and know exactly how to shake things up to the side’s advantage.

Not any more, as Klopp showed against his old club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-final.

Despite going down time and time again, the expert manager made shrewd substitutions and encouraged the normally ultra-defensive Dejan Lovren forward in the dying moments.

The centre-back would put the icing on the cake of a 4-3 win with the winning header and was the first of many occasions that Klopp proved to be shrewd under pressure.

 

Weaknesses

The Premier League has shown repeatedly, without a proven hitman, or a consistent striker, clubs will struggle to keep the pace with the leaders.

Despite Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi all performing at some point in the season, none could be relied on regularly to put the ball in the back of the net.

With the likely exit of Benteke and the $60m arrival of Senegalese striker Sadio Mané, Klopp will be looking for one of his forwards to step up and supply at least 15 goals next season if they are to challenge for honours.

 

Formations

A scholar of the 4-2-3-1 school of football with a target man, Klopp will often tweak it into a 4-3-3 when on the hunt for equalisers or winners.

 

Star Player

Philippe Coutinho.

The diminutive Brazilian has shone since his debut in 2013.

A hamstring injury picked up in January kept the attacking midfielder sidelined for five weeks but he returned to action and immediately scored against West Ham in the FA Cup.

Coutinho was also superb in the 4-0 Merseyside derby win over Everton, scoring the final goal, one of 12 in 42 appearances last season, earning him a nomination for the 2014 PFA Young Player of the Year.

 

Jurgen Klopp

Manager

Jurgen Klopp is a shrewd tactician who can find the game-changing spur that a side needs.

Not afraid to stray from his 4-2-3-1, the German is also no stranger to the occasional risk when required.

When Liverpool went down to 10 men against Crystal Palace, Klopp rolled the dice and implemented a 3-4-2 formation, reviving memories of the W-M tactics of West Germany in the 1970s.

Likeable and always good for a quote, Klopp has quickly become a fan favourite on Merseyside.