It’s been an up and down 2015 for the Reds. There have been high points such as our run of form prior to the Man U defeat in March that began a run of poor results that ultimately did for Brendan Rogers. Then there have been great performances such as Chelsea, City and Southampton though these have been the exception and horrendous performances against Villa (semi-final), Stoke, West Ham, Palace (twice) and Watford have often followed the high spots. Our best moment of the year almost certainly was the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as our new manager, a man who has the passion we have been looking for in a manager and a sound tactical brain – a man tailor made for Liverpool.
However the time has come to look forward not back. Like most of you I really don’t know what this group of players can achieve. One week I think we just need a couple of new players to make us title contenders the next week I want to replace half the team. I’ve been thinking what I would like the Club to achieve in 2016 so here goes:
1 – A trophy. I don’t care if it’s the FA Cup, League Cup or Europa. It’s been too little silverware for too long.
2 – A top 4 finish. Even Jamie Carragher doesn’t think we will do it but if my number 3 happens then I think we will.
3 – Daniel Sturridge stays fit. Unlikely I know but one can always pray for miracles. A fit Sturridge would revolutionise our attacking threat.
4 – A bit more physicality and a bit more menace about any new players brought in. Brendan tended to buy nice ball players (though some appear to be having difficulty controlling the ball at the moment) but we have been bullied too often.
5 – A return of the old Anfield atmosphere. Sadly I don’t get to matches any more but I hear more support from Reds fans in the away matches on TV than the home games.
6 – A good start to the 2016-7 season and top of the league come new year 2017.
I’m sure there are a lot more I could add but these wishes are a start. I’d love to know what other Kopfans are hoping for.
Happy new year to you all!