3 Liverpool players that must excel in the 2024-25 season

  • Darwin Nunez has been a lightning rod for hot-takes when it comes to Liverpool fans during his two years with the club. 
  • There are a few Liverpool players that need to have a consistent and strong campaign or they could be on the move sooner than later
  • Curtis Jones was playing very well before his injury, but now he has to start all over
Atalanta v Liverpool FC: Quarter-Final Second Leg - UEFA Europa League 2023/24
Atalanta v Liverpool FC: Quarter-Final Second Leg - UEFA Europa League 2023/24 / Stefano Guidi/GettyImages
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As the transfer window is getting prepared to open, which in turn will unleash the rumors, arrivals, departures and everything in between, I wanted to take stock of a few players already here that have a huge season ahead of them.

Whether or not a player or club declares their loyalty for one another, we all know, in the end, it's a results business and if you aren't carrying your weight the exit door is always looming.

Having said that, this list is not an indictment on these players, but merely an observation to note that they could silence a lot of naysayers with a strong 2024-25 campaign. Let's see who they are.

Darwin Nunez

We start with one of the more controversial players in the squad. Nunez had 18 goals and 13 assists in all competitions last season, both of which were second only to the great Mohamed Salah.

He is such a gifted player that works so hard whenever he is on the pitch, that you can't help but root for him. However, for the numbers above, they only tell some of the story. He easily could have had closer to 30 goals were he more composed or clinical in front of goal.

He improved on his 15-goal return from his debut season, but the leap was not enough. There are many that want Liverpool to invest in a new No. 9 to alleviate his inconsistency.

It appears the club and incoming coach Arne Slot have full confidence in Darwin going forward. He has still scored some incredible goals, and a recent hattrick for Uruguay reinforces his abilities.

If he can put the finishing woes behind him this coming season and bag 25+ goals, all the critics will fall away, In that scenario, the club should be going deep in several competitions challenging for silverware.

On the flip side, if Darwin has another up-and-down season with long stretches of no goal contributions, it would be very likely the club would be looking to move in a different direction.

He is an integral part of the attack and the club needs him to remind us why on a weekly basis.