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'Will Van Dijk be as good? Can Henderson get any better?' - Collymore questions Liverpool’s title credentials

12:05 BST 05/08/2019
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 2019-20
The former Reds frontman is not convinced that Jurgen Klopp's side can raise their game any further, which could leave them disappointed once again

Liverpool’s title credentials have been questioned by Stan Collymore, with the former frontman not convinced that the Reds can raise their game any higher than they managed in 2018-19.

Jurgen Klopp’s side came agonisingly close to landing the Premier League crown, suffering just one defeat across a gruelling 38-game campaign.

They were, however, to fall one point short of Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola’s side wrapping up an historic domestic treble.

Those at Anfield are planning to go a step further this season, with all of their big hitters back for more.

Collymore has, however, pondered whether the likes of Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk can offer any more and help Liverpool to end their 30-year wait for top-flight glory.

He said in The Mirror: “The big worry I have for Liverpool going into the new Premier League season is that they were great last time out, firing on all cylinders – but they still came up just short.

“Can Klopp’s front three of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane be better than they were last season?

“Is James Milner going to get better? Is Jordan Henderson going to get ­better? And will Virgil van Dijk have a better season than the last one?

“Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson? Maybe the attacking full-backs can improve, but will that be enough to surpass what City bring this year?

“That’s why I’m having Liverpool to hover around the same standard as last season and, if they do, it will still mean them winning a ridiculous amount of points.

“But, for the Reds to win the title, City will have drop a whole load of points – and I just don’t see that happening.”

City have already got one over on Liverpool in 2019-20.

Guardiola’s men got the better of Klopp’s in the Community Shield, with the traditional curtain-raiser to the season seeing blue prevail over red.

Liverpool were able to work their way back into the game after falling behind and nearly snatched the win in stoppage-time, with Kyle Walker denying Mohamed Salah with a stunning goalline clearance.

City then held their nerve in a penalty-shoot, with Georginio Wijnaldum missing for Liverpool and Gabriel Jesus converting the final spot-kick.