After the disappointment of last season, Liverpool sought new additions ahead of their new campaign in hopes of a top four finish. The Merseyside club is looking to get out of the post-Suarez period as they seeks to rebuild a competitive squad under Brendan Rodgers once and for all. Pre-season is underway and now is the time to build momentum.
With Raheem Sterling on the verge of leaving the club, the Reds are fully aware of falling into the trap they fell into last year, just like Tottenham did two seasons ago when they sold Gareth Bale. This time around, Sterling is no Suarez, the Reds have already signed Brazilian forward Roberto Firminio but the former Hoffenheim forward is not the solution to Liverpool’s goal scoring drought, they still need more. Despite paying a very high fee, Liverpool cannot expect Firminio to give his best right from the first season at the club. He will need the support of Daniel Sturridge, assuming he will be fit, Philippe Coutinho and Mario Balotelli. These players have the responsibility of stepping up Liverpool’s game but the club might invest in Aston Villa star Christian Benteke to guarantee constant flow of goals. They need to produce goals, it’s quite simple on paper, but there’s a lot to be done on the field for them to reach that level Benteke along with the two signings of Danny Ings and Firminio will offer an extra hand for Liverpool’s attack.
James Milner is a great acquisition from Manchester City, if he can find the form he enjoyed two seasons ago, he will be the engine in the middle. He’s no longer playing a supporting role, he’s expected to become the club’s main man in the middle by occupying Steven Gerrard’s spot. The England international will definitely add experience to Rodgers’ young squad and can act as a leader in the dressing room. Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Adam Lallana are quite strong players yet they need to find their form and stay fit during the season.
Further back, new signing Nathaniel Clyne will solve the long-standing full-back problem at Anfield. The young full back has what it takes to be a starter at a club like Liverpool, but he still has to improve drastically to reach his full potential. Adam Bogdan’s arrival should not pose a threat to Simon Mignolet’s starting spot, but Mignolet needs to regain his form and stay clear from committing fatal errors.
Liverpool’s squad did not face an overhaul and it should not, a few new names in the front and in the back can add more depth and experience to this youthful side. Rodger has all this summer to experiment as he tries to find the right formation and the right line-up before the real test begins in August. Now it’s down to hard work and consistency.