Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2020-21 Season – Predictions for Liverpool: In this short podcast, one of the languagecaster team, a Liverpool fan, takes a look at Liverpool and their chances in the 2020-21 league season. We hope teachers of English and learners of English, and of course lovers of football, will find these podcasts and all our other posts useful. Spread the word and support us via patreon.com/languagecaster. And, if you have questions or comments then you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Damon=DB).
Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2020-21 Season – Predictions for Liverpool
DB: You are listening to languagecaster.com’s football language podcast. Hello everyone, and welcome to languagecaster’s Learn English Through Football podcast. My name’s Damon, I’m based in Tokyo, and I’m going to be talking about my team, Liverpool, and the 2020-21 season.
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OK, as I said, I’m going to talk about Liverpool Football Club, the Champions of England and the World and their chances this season in the Premier League. I’ll break it down into key players, strengths, weaknesses, and a final prediction on where I think Liverpool will finish.
Let’s start with key players.
Liverpool – Key Players in 2020-21
DB: Great news for Liverpool fans this week as the club signed both Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich and Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers – I love that ‘Wanderers’, you don’t hear it much in clubs names, so it’s got a real classic ring to it; it sounds full of tradition!
Anyway, these are both great additions to the team, and a lot of eyes will be on Jota to see whether he can support the top three as Klopp rotates the players. And talking about the top three, Minamino will also want to impress the boss and persuade him he can play the Firmino role – creating space and playing in tight areas to release his strike partners. So, my eyes will be on the bench – to see how well they can refresh the tired legs of the main 11 – so Jota, Minamino, Nico Williams at right back and the new left back signing, Kostas Tsimikas. Key player though is Virgil Van Dyke. A rock in defense and, touch wood for luck, not injury prone. Having him on the pitch for the majority of games is key.
Liverpool – Strengths
The easier answer to this is the team. Liverpool really are a unit. They play for each other, for the coach, for the club, for the club’s cleaners… This strength comes from their coach, Klopp, so you’d have to add the fact that he is in the dugout as a strength. It’s no secret that Liverpool’s press is one of the best in the league, and their ability to cut down space and force opposition sides into errors is a massive plus. Add to this, belief. They have now won silverware, and the biggest prize, the league title. With their team ethic, a great coach, their press, and their belief they are a pretty all-round outfit.
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Liverpool – Weaknesses
It is difficult to find any really. At the beginning of the season, I was worried they couldn’t keep up their performance to the levels of 2019-20 – 97 points, and last season – 99 points, but their two wins mean they could. As I mentioned though, if Virgil Van Dyke is injured, they could be in trouble, Gomez and Matip are both injury prone, and Fabinho, while impressive against Chelsea last weekend, is not a natural centre back. So, central defense could be a weakness. The only other weakness I can think of is potential tiredness of body and mind. This will be a gruelling, a really tough, season with games coming thick and fast. They may not be able to maintain their 100% focus on 100% of the games.
Liverpool – Prediction
Hmm… Well as a fan, I am more than satisfied with winning the league last season and the Champions League the season before. I believe Liverpool can win the league again, but won’t. Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and of course Manchester City will be much closer. And I believe Liverpool can win the Champions League again, but won’t. I’d be happy with a semi final place. What I have a sneaky desire for is a domestic cup, and I’d be happy if they lift the FA Cup next May. So, top four, yes, but not top. At least quarter finals in the Champions League and a domestic piece of silverware.
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