Football, as we know it, makes its long-awaited return in 2021-22, as fans will be back in stadiums, and the Premier League, will be back to the league that everybody wishes to see. Manchester City were crowned champions in 2020-21, which ended Liverpool’s one-year stranglehold on the league title.
However, confidence is high ahead of the new campaign that the Reds could be back in the hunt for the league title once again. The Reds are already among the favourites in the betting, which means that the best way to bet on them would be to check the promotions you can get when you bet. But, what reasons are there for Liverpool fans to be looking forward to the new season?
Van Dijk Is Back
Jurgen Klopp has already admitted during the pre-season that he is happy with the progress being made by Virgil van Dijk during pre-season. It’s fair to say that one of the biggest downfalls for the Reds last season was not having a consistent back two, as Klopp constantly rotated players to try and find the right balance.
However, he will not need to be doing that again this season, as van Dijk looks primed to return on the opening weekend of the season. The Dutchman’s absence was huge last season, as the Reds went from a side capable of challenging for the league title to a side struggling to finish in the top four. His return means that the Reds are immediately title contenders once again.
Players Back From Injury
Van Dijk was by no means the only injury concern that the Reds needed to deal with in the 2020-21 season, as they lost a number of first-team stars throughout the season. Joe Gomez was out for almost the entirety of the campaign, while Jordan Henderson only recovered in time to play a bit-part for England at the EUROs.
However, both players are fully fit again now, which means that Klopp will have more than enough choices when it comes to picking his preferred line-up. Diogo Jota is also fully fit again too, which gives Klopp added flexibility in the final third of the field. Jota was in fine form for Portugal during the EUROs, and Reds fans will be hoping that he continues in that fashion throughout the season.
Attackers Back In Form
One season doesn’t make a great player anything else. Mohamed Salah was the only forward at the club last season that produced his best week in week out. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both endured disappointing campaigns. Mane scored just eleven goals in 35 league games, which was his second-lowest tally in seven Premier League seasons.
However, his tallies of 22 and 18 in the two previous seasons highlight that fans should expect another high-scoring campaign in 2021-22. Meanwhile, Firmino will be hoping for an improved season in front of goal too after scoring just nine goals in 36 games.