'Jurgen Klopp must address Liverpool's spine this summer'

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While I was expecting drama and us to make life predictably difficult, the game against Brighton turned out to be a bit of a stroll.

It was as comfortable as you can get, really. The final score was 4-0 and it could have been double that. We could even afford to have three penalty appeals turned down, one of which was laughably obvious.

14th May 2018

Everyone played well and we escaped any serious knocks or injuries ahead of the Champions League final in a fortnight.

We couldn’t have asked for more from the final day.

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Has this season been a success?

Absolutely. Some fans have a sense of entitlement and see a trophy as a priority for Liverpool. But we need to be realistic.

Whilst we still have a chance of landing ‘old big ears’, a second consecutive top-four finish is progression for a side that had spent a decade out of Europe’s top club tournament.

Are you happy with your manager?

Couldn’t be more happy. If we theoretically sacked Jurgen Klopp tomorrow, he would be one of the most in-demand bosses around and could easily take charge of any of Europe’s top five clubs.

More specifically, Klopp has the perfect balance between tactics and man-management. He has the pedigree and the know-how. All he really needs is time. The only slight issue I have with the managerial set up at Anfield is what recently has happened with his right-hand man Zeljko Buvac. 

His leaving was horrific timing and could have had far worse implications that the mere handful of dropped points in the league that ensued. The party line is that it was personal issues that caused the break, but that’s fairly ambiguous and I think the fans deserved more.

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What should be the club's priority in the transfer market this summer?

I think our spine needs addressing. We already have Naby Keita coming and he looks like being a real player, so I’d like a top goalkeeper, a new partner for Virgil van Dijk and good back up for Roberto Firmino.

People talk about replacing Philippe Coutinho, but I don’t think we need another creative attacking player. I’d rather have a more solid feel to the team in the next campaign, as we lack the established, reliable quality that Manchester City field week in, week out.

Our run in Europe and subsequent qualification for the Champions League next season should only help our cause when it comes to signing genuine game-changers. Players want the chance of winning trophies; we’ve demonstrated our ability on the biggest stage.

What do you want to aim for next season?

If you offered me a place in the top four and any trophy right now, I’d snap your hand off. At some stage, I’d like to make a real push for the title, but we need to consolidate our position.

Yes that’s quite boring, but it’s realistic. We’ve enjoyed some stunning performances and thrilling wins this season, but consistency has to be the objective.

As many pundits have pointed out, on our day we can beat anyone (we inflicted one of only two domestic defeats on City).

The trouble is, our day doesn’t come around as often as the others. Even Spurs and United seem to have picked up an annoying winning habit.

Our high level goals for next season are fairly clear, but for us, I think the issue is more about the manner of our season and not just the silverware. 

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