Diogo Jota's return to form, Curtis Jones' revival and seven reasons for Liverpool fans to be cheerful despite their disastrous season
Liverpool’s future has already started, according to Jurgen Klopp. What it will look like, however, is another matter entirely.
Whichever way you slice it, this has been a chastening season at Anfield. There may be mitigating factors, and perhaps a drop-off was inevitable given the energy and emotion expended in recent years, but who seriously could have predicted a campaign quite like this one for the Reds?
After 31 Premier League games last season, Klopp’s side had lost twice, were on 73 points, had one trophy in the bag already and were chasing three more. This time around, they’re 23 points worse off, seventh in the table and the only thing they’ve got to look forward to in May - assuming they don’t somehow scramble a top-four finish - is the end of this annus horribilis and a long, refreshing break.
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End of an era stuff really, isn’t it? But while it has been easy to spot the negatives, and easy to direct criticism the Reds’ way, Klopp has been determined to take a glass-half-full approach in recent weeks.
And believe it or not, there are still a few things for Liverpool fans to cling to, despite their side’s struggles.
GOAL takes a look on the bright side of life…