Opinion: What should Liverpool's target be this year?

It's another fresh start for Liverpool and its fans as Jurgen Klopp signed the players he wanted to call the squad his own. What is the target for this talented group?

Opinion: What should Liverpool's target be this year?

Last season, after the departure of Brendan Rodgers, the enigmatic Jürgen Klopp, stepped up to the task of balancing the Liverpool boat. 

He did so, in very admirable fashion, leading them to the finals of the League Cup and Europa League. Although they ultimately lost these two finals, the first eight months of Klopp's reign was certainly a time to remember for the Kop. 

Now that he's assembled a team that he can call his own, what will be Liverpool's targets for this season?

Lack of European football is a boon

Last season, Liverpool gave it a proper go at the UEFA Europa League. Their domestic campaign was a lost cause and their progress in Europe was one of the few highlights of their season.

Some incredible victories were a part of their journey to the final against the two time winners, Sevilla. Emotional victories against Manchester United and even more so, against Borussia Dortmund will certainly live long in the memory of supporters.

In the previous league season, Liverpool finished 8th after a disastrous campaign under Rodgers. 

The time under Klopp gave some brilliant victories, the matches against Arsenal and Manchester City were certainly a delight to watch, when the German's high-press attacking game worked its magic.

But it's also important to remind ourselves that such an aggressive approach to games takes its toll on players and this season, the lack of European action is a blessing for the players.

The Entire team worked very hard to play the 'Klopp way' and gave a great account of themselves last season (Source:standard.co.uk)

The Europa League isn't easy by any measure, especially given the exhausting trips to other countries and the conditions there. Everything takes its toll on players, so we can assume that the Reds will be glad that domestic action is all that they will have to worry about this term.

Tthere will be no longer be matches on Thursdays and instead, only Premier League action on weeekends for players, which will definitely be a relief for most players. They can fully focus on domestic exploits this season. They need to step up their game and they'll be meaning to do just that.

The top six needs to be a minimum for a team of Liverpool's quality, given the stiff competition that this season presents for the club, they need to prove that they can return to elite of English football and be amongst the top clubs once again.

Anything less than the top six would be a failure for the club and for Klopp, and all his passion for the club would seem to count for nothing. If Liverpool end up outside the top six, the added FA Cup and League Cup campaigns shouldn't be too much trouble for Liverpool, as the FA cup starts much later for them and the League Cup is something they should be comfortable dealing with.

Ideally speaking, the top four is what they should aim for. They need to justify their approach and their style, moreover, silverware needs to return to the trophy cabinets at Anfield.

The confidence of success needs to grow within the fans, another successful League Cup campaign will only be an incentive of a fruitful Premier League season for the club, while it remains to be seen how much the manager wants to focus on these domestic trophies or whether he wants to go all out at the league and take the club as high as possible. Failure to do any of the above will certainly put Klopp's job in danger and put the club's future in the balance once again and another period of uncertainity is the last problem they need.

Liverpool have done some great business this so far this summer. The signings of Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Marko Grujic have certainly added firepower to the attacking and midfield department of the squad, while the signings of Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Loris Karius will ensure that they are defensively much better than last season. Quite a lot of the players had to be sold, including some important players like Joe Allen and Kolo ToureMartin Skrtel also left the club for pastures new, while young winger Jordon Ibe joined BournemouthThere are still players at the club whose future looks definitely away from the club, the likes of Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli have been strongly linked with moves to other clubs.

Building on from last season

The second half of last season, coinciding with the arrival of Klopp at Anfield, was a period of great attacking football and they need to make sure that they carry that same momentum into the upcoming season.

We saw Klopp's system work wonders towards the end of last season, with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana benefitting the most. Divock Origi also performed well in the absence of Daniel Sturridge and lead the line admirably when needed.

The players have been extremely impressed by Klopp, his mentality and his work-ethicT the manager has won their hearts as well as the hearts of all Liverpool fans.

Lallana and Firmino blossomed under the German's approach and became ever-presents in the team (Source:thisisanfield.com)

This season, Klopp needs to make sure he rests Sturridge and balances game time between the England forward, Danny Ings and Origi to ensure they all stay fit. something that the industrious Brazilian, Firmino, himself did extremely well last season, was a 'false-nine' role - combining brilliantly in the final third in particular with Origi, Philippe Coutinho.

The defence need to stay tighter and protect Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius as they attempt to increase the number of clean-sheets. The discipline of the back four will certainly be an important factor here.

It will be great to see how this group of talented attackers gel together and take Liverpool back to where they belong - which is alongside the very best in this country - and this is something that Klopp will be aiming to achieve.