There are quite a few threads right now suggesting that we should add 1st teamers on around 3-5 positions... So the idea of getting 2 starters in to challenge for a point record is very very optimistic, don't you think? I know you didn't meant it like that but if we start to consider all scenarios and their outcome then it would be an even more open door to invide speculations where we could have been with another manager.If we sign Van Dijk and Allison we might.
My point about him needing the players still stands. For all their good football that season, Liverpool still only managed to finish 4th. The football couldn't have been that good considering they dropped so many points.
How would a good CB help us by creating chances? The notion, that we could get away then easier without the need to play Fred and McTominay is... pretty simple, isn't it. Liverpool, while having VD and Allison employed three workhorses in midfield most of the time. With Fabinho even one who has his major strength in a DM role. They defend as a team, that obviously helps their CBs as well. Its not just sticking a good player in there and leave him to "do his job" while the rest of the team now "finally is able to focus on attack and play the great football they are meant to play". If we want to accept ManUnited to be, in contrast to a possession-based team, a transition-based team, we have to emphasize on that. Transitions btw work in both directions and I will be very curious to see us transition to defense when Bruno and Pogba get caught high up the field.
Let's see, how this seasons turns out until we talk about the 4th finish of Liverpool. What we know is, that last season while having the offense in way better conditions and form, it took us to the last matchday to reach that glorious 3rd place. A simple bad ref call, a deflected shot, an own goal. All that could have led to us getting 4th or even 5th (iirc). That's why the points total are relevant pretty much. The league position doesn't do more than telling you about your own accomplishments in relation to the other teams. It tells you if your results have been better than the results of another team, it doesn't tell you whether the results are "good".
It's funny to see that quite a few around here still follow the thought that good results = good football. There is no linear connection. Over a few seasons good football will mostly end in good results: probably yes. In one season... difficult but maybe debatable. In a single game surely not.
We seem to be close to a full circle, now debating how good of a job Tuchel has done by getting good results and showing improvements on a few major metrics, but criticizing the dull football, while in other threads around here people have to defend themselves against accusations of bad fanhood when it is pointed out that while having mostly good results, the performances lack for our own team.