John Aldridge picks Liverpool's first XI... and predicts a title push from Jurgen Klopp's men
Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge believes Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has assembled a squad that can compete for the Premier League title next season, as he named his starting eleven ahead of their season opener against Arsenal next month.
Speaking to sundayworld.com, Aldridge suggested new arrival Sadio Mane could be one of the signings of the summer, as he suggested Liverpool’s lack of European action this season could be crucial to their hopes of mounting a title challenge.
“Manchester United and Liverpool have gone about their transfer business in contrasting fashion this summer, yet I suspect the two old foes may be going head-to-head in a battle for the Premier League title this season,” said Aldridge.
“While Jose Mourinho and United have been making resounding statements of intent with some high-profile signings over the last few weeks, Liverpool have been getting on with their business with the minimum of fuss.
“United’s eagerness/craziness to spend £100m on midfielder Paul Pogba may be the talk of the game right now, but Liverpool are working to a different agenda and Klopp seems to be fully signed up to the club’s policy.
“My old club is determined not to break their wage structure in a bid to land the top players in the game, even though that may mean they cannot compete for the biggest stars.
“The two Manchester clubs and Chelsea are operating to very different financial rules compared to the other 17 teams in the Premier League, yet that does not mean the others cannot be successful.”
Aldo believes Klopp already has more than enough players to see him through the upcoming season, as he picked his first and second choice line-ups that he believes could see Liverpool secure their first English league title since 1990.