Yesterday’s pre-season game against Manchester United showed that Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool are already gearing up for what could be a season to remember. Strong in possession, lethal up front and okay at the back, the Liverpool fans can dream of finally ending their wait for silverware.
The summer has already seen some big players coming in and there could yet be a few additions in the coming weeks. One thing that the fans are pleased about is the depth Liverpool have managed to build this summer.
A few months ago, the fans were looking at Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings coming on in the Champions League knockout games. No disrespect to them, but they just aren’t the players who win you trophies.
A few of the first team stars are yet to join the Reds after a deep World Cup run, but the team is nevertheless looking good. We take a look at the strongest possible Liverpool lineup for the upcoming season where everyone is back…
Alisson Becker was signed for a record fee and he is due to join the team in training. Judging from his exploits for Roma last season, Liverpool have signed a world class ‘keeper. They don’t come cheap of course. Karius has taken a lot of stick and you’ve got to feel for him, but his high profile errors have to be eradicated at some point.
Dejan Lovren isn’t back yet but is likely to be preferred to Joel Matip when 100% match fit. He is expected to partner Virgil van Dijk at the back.
The fullbacks are a bit hard to call. Andy Robertson could be preferred over Alberto Moreno who was unlucky to pick up that injury last season. Prior to the injury, he was pretty consistent.
Nathaniel Clyne had an injury-ravaged campaign last time out and could be the first choice fullback in the first few weeks. If he keeps his consistency, he could be preferred over Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Again, tough to call. Klopp’s system needs the work rate and pressing of Jordan Henderson, so expect him to be a regular in the team. He could partner new signing Fabinho as the two deepest midfielders.
Naby Keita has already shown what he is capable of and he could be given free licence. Mind you, he will don the number 8, so no pressure there!
Is there a better attacking trio than Mane, Firmino and Salah in the Premier League? Not really. The trio will once again be the preferred choice, but can’t afford to let their form slip with Xherdan Shaqiri now breathing down their necks. The Swiss international had a wonderful debut against Manchester United as well.
As long as Daniel Sturridge is fit, he too can push Firmino for a start.