We gave Jurgen Klopp a fully-fit Liverpool squad for the season and the results were spectacular

How Liverpool's 2023/24 season could've gone with zero injuries
How Liverpool's 2023/24 season could've gone with zero injuries -Credit:Getty Images

After a strong start, the 2023/24 season hasn't gone as planned for Liverpool, but with no injury problems, could Jurgen Klopp have been given his fairytale ending?

When Klopp announced he was calling time on his nine-year tenure as Liverpool boss, the Reds were in a fantastic position, challenging for all four trophies with whispers of a quadruple spreading among the Liverpool faithful. But now, the Reds are heading into the final game of the Premier League season out of the title race and with just the Carabao Cup to their name.

A tough six weeks between March and April saw Liverpool knocked out of the FA Cup and Europa League in quick succession, while points dropped to Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Everton, and West Ham in the league put an end to their title charge. The injury issues presented to Klopp have had an impact, and without them, who knows what could've happened.

So, if Liverpool could have managed to go injury-free all season long, what could have happened? Let's take a look.

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Liverpool's 2023/24 season simulated with no injuries

To set up this simulation, we used Football Manager 2024 making sure each Liverpool player who has spent time on the sidelines this season was fully fit. This is what happened.

With a fully-fit squad, Mohamed Salah was still the standout player at the club, with the Egyptian registering the highest average rating per 90 (7.91), ahead of Dominik Szoboszlai (7.47) and Luis Diaz (7.42). Salah wasn't the top scorer though, with Diogo Jota scoring 20 goals across all competitions, more than Salah (16), Diaz (14), Nunez (13), and Cody Gakpo (12).

Liverpool's best players from the 2023/24 season
Liverpool's best players from the 2023/24 season -Credit:Football Manager 24

With no injuries, Thiago made 39 appearances in the 2023/24 season, with the Spaniard used as a rotation player by Klopp. Elsewhere, other players who starred were Alexis Mac Allister and Virgil van Dijk, while Harvey Elliott received less game time with a bigger squad.

At the end of the season, Football Manager 2024 put together an overall best Liverpool XI based on performances, statistics, and other metrics. This is what it looked like:

Liverpool's best XI from the 2023/24 season with no injuries
Liverpool's best XI from the 2023/24 season with no injuries -Credit:Football Manager 24

Full Liverpool best XI: (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Konate, Robertson; Bajcetic, Szoboszlai, Mac Allister; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Liverpool's best XI was self-explanatory for the most part, though the one major change with no injuries was the addition of Stefan Bajcetic to the best XI. Klopp used the Spaniard more than any other player in the simulation, with the midfielder making 49 appearances across all competitions.

Despite ending the season as the club's top scorer, Jota missed out on the best XI to Nunez. Goals didn't prove an issue in the Premier League for Klopp's side as they were involved in a title challenge until the penultimate day, but defeat to Aston Villa handed City the title.

Liverpool finished second in the Premier League
Liverpool finished second in the Premier League -Credit:Football Manager 24

Pep Guardiola's side proved just too good once again, with City ending the season on 84 points, four more than Liverpool in second. 25 wins, five draws and eight losses made up the Reds' 80 points, with Klopp's side actually winning more games than anyone else in the simulation.

76 goals meant Liverpool ended the campaign with the second-best attack in the league, but defensively they weren't impenetrable, ending the season with the fourth-best defensive record. Despite not winning the Premier League, having a fully fit squad did help across all competitions, with the Reds ending the 2023/24 season with three trophies to their name.

Liverpool won three trophies in the simulation
Liverpool won three trophies in the simulation -Credit:Football Manager 24

Like in real life, Liverpool won the Carabao Cup with the Reds beating Burnley 3-0 in the final in the simulation, while a 2-1 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup secured the domestic double. Klopp was also able to win the one trophy that evaded him during his time as Liverpool boss, with Mac Allister and Diaz getting on the scoresheet as the Reds beat RB Leipzig 2-1 to lift the Europa League.