By Emma Sanders
As 2016 draws to a close, Football Insider analyses three things we have learned from Liverpool in the last 12 months.
Jurgen Klopp is sensational
When Klopp joined the Reds in October 2015, the excitement was unparalleled and opposition fans could be forgiven for claiming Liverpool were being over the top. However, in the last 12 months he’s proven exactly why fans were bowing down to him upon his arrival. He guided the Merseysiders to two cup finals within eight months of his reign, turned them into one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League, made some fantastic summer signings (including Sadio Mane and Joel Matip) and has taken them back to the top of the table in 2016-17.
Philippe Coutinho is the best number 10 in the Premier League
A number of Liverpool players have excelled in 2016, including Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino, but if any player has enhanced his world-class status, it’s Coutinho. The “Little Magician” has been at the heart of Liverpool’s attacking quality and while plenty of fans will argue Mesut Ozil and Dimitri Payet are better, Coutinho has shown in 2016 he is the best number 10 in the league. Already this season he has notched up five goals and five assists in the Premier League despite being absent since the 2-0 victory against Sunderland in November.
Liverpool should be competing in Europe
By the time Klopp took over, Liverpool were already facing a battle to secure European qualification and they continued to remain inconsistent up until the end of the 2015-16 campaign. However, when firing on all fronts, they were one of the best teams in the league and have shown that so far this season. They reached the Europa League final in May and should be competing in the competition, if not the Champions League, next season. That must be Liverpool’s aim in 2016-17.
In other Liverpool news, these were the three best moments in 2016 for the club.