Happy New Year all and welcome to Part 2 of The Premier League Team's New Year's Resolution. In part one we covered Arsenal all the way through to Leicester in alphabetical order, so we kick thing's off in the second and final part with current Premier League champions, Liverpool.
Although it is tight at the top, Liverpool look like they will probably go on to secure back-to-back league title this season, so it's tough to be overly critical of Klopp's side.
- Reduce your injuries – one thing that was always said about Klopp's gegenpressing style of play is that it would inevitably lead to injuries. Last season the players seemed to cope with this style but this season has seen a huge increase in the number of injuries, so perhaps it is time for Klopp to try out an extra tactic which can be used every so often to reduce the stress and strain on his player's bodies.
- Give youth a chance -Liverpool have a lot of young players that don't get enough first-team football and this will stunt their development. Yes, some players have featured more regularly this season but that is down to injuries. If the club can develop their own players they won't need to worry about constantly spending big bucks or worrying about the future of their star players.
Whilst Man City have been improving over the festive period, Guardiola's men have looked a shadow of their former selves and need some fresh impetus.
- Buy a clash striker – Aguero's days are number, both at City and in general, as the Argentine forward is injury prone and rarely features anymore. City have felt his loss and must act quickly by bringing in someone like Haaland that they can build their team around.
- Give the younger players more game time – City have some excellent young players coming through but must give them more games if they are to truly develop. Foden looks great whenever he players and he could be the perfect replacement for De Bruyne when he eventually leaves the club, but he needs to start as much as possible before then as does Garcia who is constantly being linked with a move to Barcelona.
To be fair to Ole, United have turned things around of late and have stepped up as potential contenders for Liverpool's crown.
- Give Henderson a run or let him leave – Henderson impressed on-loan at Sheff Utd last season, so much so that he got into the England team. Opportunities at United have been rare but the club should give him a chance as de Gea hasn't proven his loyalty in the past and is prone to making mistakes.
- More competition up front – While Rashford is performing well and Cavani is doing a job, Martial, Greenwood and Ighalo aren't chipping in with enough goals when called upon and the club is far too reliant on the goals of midfielder Bruno Fernandes and need another option in attack.
Where to start with Newcastle, underperforming and failing to thrill their fans week in week out, sooner or later it will be time for a change.
- Change your manager – Newcastle fans have been far from pleased by what they have seen from their side this season. Steve Bruce was always seen as a safe pair of hands when he took over but he wasn't anybody's first choice. Newcastle need to take a chance on a more expansive manager following spells under Bruce and Benitez, the fans would love to see a style more like Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan installed.
- Score more goals – Newcastle don't score enough goals from midfield and have relied heavily on Wilson up front. Joelinton simply doesn't have the goals in him and Gayle has proven himself to be a Championship player, while Carroll doesn't have the fitness to be a regular presence, so a new striker or a genuine goal threat from midfield is needed.
The definition of ‘second season syndrome' is Sheff Utd this season. The Blades are without a win in their opening 17 games and relegation looks a certainty at this point.
- Stick with your manager – Chris Wilder has done a fantastic job at Sheff Utd, despite how the 2020/21 campaign has unravelled. Stick with him even if you go down and I'm sure you will be back, stronger than before.
- Sort out your player recruitment – Spending £23.4m on Brewster was a mistake. That might be easier to say in hindsight, but the Blades needed a forward with Premier League experience that could score between 10-15 goals and arguably, they could have got one for a cheaper fee. Goals have been an issue and the club needs to reinvest in January if they want to remain in the top-flight.
Southampton have played well this season and could still push for a Europa League spot. The team is well balanced and performing to a decent level.
- More consistency – The Saints sit in mid-table and have a decent squad and manager. If they can sort out their consistency and avoid too many injuries then a top-half finish is certainly on the cards.
Tottenham have had a dip but appear to be moving in the right direction again. Mourinho might not win the league this season, but he is developing a squad that should be right up there next time around.
- Get rid of Alli – If the Tottenham documentary told us anything, it is that Dele Alli has an attitude problem. The England international hasn't performed to his best for a long time and Spurs should cash in on him while PSG are still interested.
- More goals from midfield – Tottenham don't pose enough of a threat in the final third from midfielders. Hojberg, Winks, Dier, Lamela, Sissoko and Alli are all yet to score in the league this season and this must be addressed.
Even the introduction of Sam Allardyce has done little to kick the West Brom players into shape and the manager who has never been relegated faces his toughest challenge ever with the Baggies.
- Sort out your defence – West Brom have shipped 39 goals in their opening 17 matches, more than any other club this season. Allardyce is known for making his teams tough to break down but he is yet to still that in this crop of players.
- Score more goals – The Baggies need a striker. The players they have up front are Championship level so it is no surprise that they haven't done it in the Premier League this season. Buy in January or forget about staying up.
Moyes is performing very well at West Ham, making the team very organised if a little hard on the eyes at times.
- Keep hold of Rice – Building a team around Rice will be Moyes' main target for the future of West Ham, but that could prove easier said than done if the club don't start qualifying for Europe or challenging for some trophies.
- Add more goals and creativity – Moyes was often criticised at Everton for not playing an expansive enough game, but he is a methodical manager and takes his time building teams and making them very consistent. Add some more creativity in midfield by selling off the likes of Lanzini, Snodgrass and Yarmolenko and bring in some fresh blood.
Wolves have flattered to deceive this season and find themselves in the bottom half of the table in 2021. Goals have been the biggest issue and it is something they must address in January.
- Add more goals to the midfield – Neves, Vitinha, Moutinho, Traore and Dendoncker are yet to score in the league this season and Wolves need to score more goals from the centre of the park. Invest in a goalscoring midfielder ASAP.
- Buy a new striker – With Jimenez injured and Fabio Silva looking out of his depth right now, Wolves need to add another experienced head up front and have already been linked with a move form Liverpool's Origi. Make it happen in January or risk finishing in the bottom half of the table.