When Trent Alexander-Arnold ran to the away fans at The King Power stadium and simply shrugged his shoulders to celebrate his sensational goal and the reds third of the night I was totally and completely sold, Liverpool are back.
That celebration is so cold and says so much about the mentality of the player and team all of whom have taken flack from pundits, journalists and so called fans this season. You could say their below par performances have warranted the criticism thrown at them. However, while some teams or players would completely crumble under the pressure of poor form and flack on the internet, Liverpool and Trent in particular have shrugged it off, re invented themselves and look ready to save football once again by taking on Manchester City next year.
There is no doubt that this season has not been good enough overall. But the doom and gloom thrown around on social media about the club going into free fall have been very wide of the mark. Liverpool have a strong squad packed with World Class talent and should have done much better than they have this term. Yes, something needed to change and yes, the squad will need some strengthening in the summer but as we can see in our recent winning streak those changes are being made and the rest of the league should be very very scared.
Klopp himself has already admitted that a change in tactical set up along with a different training routine have refreshed the mentality of the squad and the coaches and you can see it on the pitch. You can talk all night about what this has done for Trent and how it has upped his ability to get on the ball and dictate play, but it seems that whole team have bought into it. Virgil Van Dijk has gone from error strewn, lackadaisical displays back to the beast that was robbed of the Ballon d’or. Curtis Jones is finally living up to his potential, Diogo Jota is scoring again and Mo Salah is looking back to his dangerous best.
But if the revival of these players wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for next season then we have to remember that a big summer transfer window is also on the horizon. With fringe players Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner all leaving new additions are a must no matter how well the current team is performing or which youngsters step out of the shadows. It was only today that transfer guru Fabrizio Romano announced Liverpool have made a contract offer to Brighton’s World Cup winning midfielder Alexis Mac Allister who looks certain to be one of a few new faces at Anfield in the coming weeks.
It’s time to forget about the past and step into a new and exciting future. The base of this team is as good as any in the Premier League and if the money is spent right then Manchester City will have their proper title rivals back on their tails once again.