Robbie Fowler identifies two players who “will be far better” for Liverpool next season
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has urged the club’s supporters not to panic ahead of a new season in which the Reds have not added many signings of note as they prepare to go one better in the Premier League and defend their Champions League title.
Jurgen Klopp has only recruited Dutch teenager Sepp van den Berg and 16-year-old Harvey Elliott from Fulham this summer, with Liverpool set to face Manchester City in next weekend’s Community Shield clash with a largely unchanged squad from the previous campaign.
However, Fowler believes that certain players within the Liverpool setup can bring further success to Anfield next season.
The ex-Reds forward has pinpointed Fabinho and Naby Keita in particular as players to vastly improve in the upcoming year following their maiden seasons in English football.
For his exclusive column in The Daily Mirror, he said: “Players such as Fabinho and Naby Keita didn’t feature much until the turn of the year and will be far better for the season they have had.
“Fabinho barely played before December, but by the end of the season was one of the team’s most important players – that Barcelona miracle couldn’t have happened without him – and I can’t wait to see what he will become this season.
“Keita is similar. He was stop-start because of niggling injuries and didn’t really figure. If he can get fit – and stay fit – he will be an important player and Liverpool will be a better team.”
Fowler went on to suggest a number of returning stars that are making comebacks from injuries will also rejuvenate the Liverpool squad – including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, who have both had long injury lay-offs in the recent past.
Liverpool’s search for a title will elapse 30 years by the time the 2019/20 season reaches its climax. Having allotted 97 points last term, there is surely an argument to be made that Klopp’s men are not far away from realising that dream as they are.
On the other hand, with their games against City proving critical last year (gaining one point from six), perhaps an increased level of consistency next season will be all it takes.
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