There have been many positives for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side this season but The Reds are still not the finished article. Big wins against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have gone alongside disappointing results against Burnley, Bournemouth and more recently Sunderland.
Liverpool are currently sitting pretty in second place in the Premier League but are five points behind leaders Chelsea. Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Antonio Conte’s men on Wednesday evening kept the chasing pack in touching distance of Chelsea but there is a long way to go in the season.
Many players have excelled for Liverpool this season but we here at VFC identify three players who manager Jurgen Klopp will hope to see more from in the coming months.
1. Daniel Sturridge
This season has been a struggle for Daniel Sturridge for one reason or another. Injury and loss of form has led to few starts but the England striker may well have turned a corner this year having scored twice in his last three games for Liverpool.
Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi have been the preferred choices up front for Liverpool in recent weeks but due largely to their energetic work rate. Sturridge however, is a natural goal scorer and given time and chances could propel Liverpool to contenders for the league title.
2. Emre Can
Emre Can is one of the most promising young midfielders in the Premier League and is a potential future Liverpool captain. Signed from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, Can has made over 100 appearances for the club but struggles with consistency.
The 22-year-old is a powerful player who has the ability to dominate games. His vision and awareness is vital in a dynamic, free-flowing Liverpool side who expect all of its players to be able to be able to create chances as well as execute them. Klopp knows the ability Can has and he shall expect more from him going forward.
3. Simon Mignolet/Loris Karius
I have put both goalkeepers down on this list as Jurgen Klopp is seemingly not 100% sure who his best stopper is. Mignolet started the season and was replaced by Karius. Mignolet later won his spot back and has remained between the sticks ever since.
The goalkeeping position has been a problem for a number of years for Liverpool. Only the days of Pepe Reina have The Reds been solid in this position. Klopp himself needs to decide who he favours in goal and stick with them especially if Liverpool are to challenge in three different competitions in 2017.