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There is reason to believe that 2023/24 will look a lot different for Liverpool, But can Manchester City be caught

Liverpool have a big gap to close to compete with Manchester City again, but Jürgen Klopp has reason to believe a good transfer window will suffice.

Liverpool have reason to be optimistic. There were surprise defeats to Brentford (home and away) and Tottenham, as well as a draw against Nottingham Forest.

It’s too simple to say that this would certainly be enough to beat Manchester City next time out, but it would mean at least one more title challenge.

Liverpool get a triple boost from Man City as Jürgen Klopp has a perfect transfer window payoff.

Liverpool have a big gap to close to compete with Manchester City again, but Jürgen Klopp has reason to believe a good transfer window will suffice.
Disappointment is already starting to give way to excitement.

While Liverpool cannot afford to ignore the root causes of last season, the transfer window offers an opportunity to draw the line and the promise of new signings has put a certain amount of optimism in the air.

Looks like Liverpool are closing in on Alexis Mac Allister.

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Certainly at the quoted price, this would be a typical FSG smart deal – at least a season late, but a sign that the club is returning to the best practices which have enabled them to repeatedly battle Manchester City in recent campaigns.

There will be pain for Jürgen Klopp and also for the fans at his inability to chase down Jude Bellingham, but Liverpool’s midfield will undoubtedly get another makeover.

With Khéphren Thuram and Manu Koné also on the transfer radar, a completely new unit is not inconceivable.


Therefore, there is reason to believe that 2023/24 will look very different for Liverpool.

However, the task of overcoming Manchester City looks a tall order, with Mikel Arteta the latest to step into Klopp’s shoes and discover the dangers of attempting to take on Pep Guardiola in 38 games.

There is no doubt that this will be Klopp’s goal for the team.

Liverpool top the table and a team still full of title winners will be all too aware that standards have fallen well below acceptable levels.

Returning to the Champions League is a financial necessity, but the competitive goals will be higher.

But can Manchester City be captured? Would even the perfect transfer window really be enough to close the 22-point gap? Liverpool have reason to be optimistic.

To begin with, in Klopp’s triumphant season, Manchester City finished a whopping 18 points behind.

In the following season, the gap was 17 points in favor of Guardiola, a swing of 35.

The margins for error have undoubtedly narrowed as of late, but there is still enough variation at the top tier of the Premier League to allow for major changes.

However, it’s three other “grounds” that really stand out: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2021/22.

Liverpool may have only won the title in one of those seasons, against a giant from Manchester City, but any of those points would have been enough to win the league in the season that has just ended.

However, it’s three other “grounds” that really stand out: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2021/22.

Liverpool may have only won the title in one of those seasons, against a giant from Manchester City, but any of those points would have been enough to win the league in the season that has just ended.

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In possibly Klopp’s worst season, Liverpool triumphed twice over Guardiola’s men.

Manchester City have failed to clear the 90-point barrier, a mark which has become almost a requirement for title winners in recent years.

There were surprise defeats to Brentford (home and away) and Tottenham, as well as a draw against Nottingham Forest.

This is no case of stone throwing as Liverpool are firmly in a glass house. But Klopp knows he’s capable of a 90-point season, having passed that mark three times in the past five seasons.

It’s too simple to say that this would certainly be enough to beat Manchester City next time out, but it would mean at least one more title challenge.

As such, he is left with the transfer squad. There is no doubt that near-perfect recruitment is needed to revive Klopp’s squad and return Liverpool to the place they have so carefully carved out for themselves, but the club should be in no doubt of the reward for having it all: a shot at title track 20.

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