Liverpool’s march towards their first Premier League crown is inevitable. It’s a matter of not if but when Jurgen Klopp’s men will end their 30-year drought without the top-flight title. Klopp and his team saw their hopes of remaining unbeaten throughout the campaign ended in a 3-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road, denying them the opportunity to match Arsenal’s Invincibles of the 2003/04 season
However, winning the crown is still a major achievement for the club. The Reds are all but over the line but still a little wait to beat out their longstanding rivals Manchester City. Liverpool and City have been built to last and should not fade away like teams assembled under Jose Mourinho, featuring players that are operating at the peak of their powers. There is still plenty of room for Liverpool to grow and remain at the top of the English game for the future.
Between the sticks, Alisson is only 27 and could have up to 10 years left at the highest level. He has lived up to expectations since his move from Roma last season, justifying the substantial transfer fee paid for his services. Virgil van Dijk has been a bargain for £80m and is just entering his prime for a defender. Liverpool could see at least another five years out of the Dutchman.
Elsewhere in the back four, Andrew Robertson is only in his mid-twenties, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is only 21, handing the Reds the comfort of knowing those two positions are locked down for the long term. Joe Gomez could provide the solution at the second centre-back spot.
The 22-year-old has found his form will only improve with further game time in the Premier League and Champions League. Even Neco Williams, Ki-Jana Hoever and Yasser Larouci have been handed opportunities at a young age in the cup competitions and have held their own, which is extremely encouraging for the depth of the side.
Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum have been the engine room of the team for the past three seasons. They should remain in place for a few more years yet given their importance and leadership on the field as long as their stamina holds.
James Milner and Adam Lallana could be on the way out at the end of the current term, although Milner has defied his critics before. Fabinho, Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are ready to take on more integral roles in the side, albeit injuries have prevented Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita especially from developing.
Liverpool have been blessed with exciting prospects, who look ready to take the leap in the coming years. Curtis Jones has been a star in the cup competitions, notably notching the winner in the third round of the FA Cup against Everton. City are top of the football betting tips to win the FA Cup, but it’s only with class performances like this that Liverpool can narrow the gap.
He seems to have the skillset to thrive in the middle of the park and could make his mark in the Premier League sooner than expected. Harvey Elliott is also in the picture at the age of just 16. He has huge potential, although a loan spell next term could be in the offing to give him more regular action.
The forward line has been the strength of Liverpool’s team for the past three years. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are the reason why some bookmakers are no longer offering odds for the Reds to win the crown. In fact, the football tips don’t include Liverpool or City in the Premier League winner market.
Salah, Firmino and Mane have been clinical throughout their tenures at the club and have shown no signs of stopping even with the games racking up between them. They are all in their primes in the late-twenties and should be for at least another three years.
However, Divock Origi has been solid in relief and is only 24, with ample time to improve behind the talented trio. Rhian Brewster has undoubted potential and has been sent away on loan to Swansea City to gain more game time, being two years removed from his serious ankle injury.
Harry Wilson has shone in the Premier League for Bournemouth during his loan spell after previously starring for Derby in the Championship. His development has made Xherdan Shaqiri expendable and could play a significant role next season.
New signings will always be made to supplement the squad such as Takumi Minamino and while others will surely follow in the summer. Based on the standing of their current squad – this impending title win should only be the beginning for the Reds.