The longest three months of the year are over, and after a record breaking transfer window, The Reds are set for another unforgettable season.
Ever since the departure of Luis Suarez, we’ve heard endless talk about how Liverpool will “pull a Spurs” and how they will fall out of the top four.
However, people seem to forget a little detail when they talk about this: We Are Liverpool. We have one of the best managers in Europe in Brendan. We’ve got someone with a remarkable ability to develop players and someone who’d never buy for the sake of it; far from that, Brendan doesn’t only look for a player with skill, he looks for a personality that can fill the profile of a Liverpool player. He doesn’t look for big names; he looks for promising talent and bags of potential, the complete opposite of what we saw in North London last window.
Understandably, there’s a significant level of concern within the Kopites, so I want to raise a couple of points and explain why I’m convinced we are in for ride!
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson
The main talking point in the media, and amongst some fans, has been that Liverpool needs to sign a ‘World Class’ replacement for Suarez, someone who will bring 20+ goals a season and fill the Uruguayan’s boots. The truth is those goals are already in the team. People tend to forget we’ve got the second top scorer of the Premier League in Daniel Sturridge, a player who has improved significantly since coming to Merseyside. We can also count on Henderson scoring more now that Brendan has told him to get in the box more often; his progress last season was enormous and his work rate was a key factor for the Reds´ season. After playing in the World Cup with England, he is being mentioned as a potential captain for both club and country and appears full of confidence.
At only 19 years old, the “Beautiful” winger is set to start his third season with the Reds first team. An undeniable threat to any defender, Sterling scored 10 goals last season to secure an England call up, and the winger was short-listed for the Young Player of the Year. The talent of young Raheem is plain to see and he is only going to get better!
Hailed as the “brain of the team” by Brendan, Coutinho, Anfield’s little magician, looks set to have an amazing season. He’s reportedly been offered a new contract and was the highlight of the Reds’ pre-season. If he can step up his finishing there are no limits to what the Brazilian can offer.
One of Rodgers’ main targets at the start of the window, the former Southampton Captain will bring a lot of versatility to the already breath-taking Liverpool game. He is an extremely creative midfielder who is able to play in various positions and is Premier League proven.
Lazar Markovic and Emre Can
An exciting young talent with enormous potential, Markovic is the type of player you can see adapting to Brendan’s style in no time. He’s got breath-taking pace and dribbling and is only 20 years old. It’s a similar scenario with the young German who, despite his age, brings a much needed physical presence in the midfield, an exquisite touch, and a great ability to change the pace of the game. Under the Northern Irishman, these two have every possibility to develop into world class players and surely the ability to get us off our seats.
Our weakness from last season was our defence, something Brendan has strengthened with the additions of Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno. All three seem to be jumping straight into the first team, which is making Liverpool’s defence look much better and more reliable than last season, giving us all something to look forward to.
Now, as optimistic as I may sound, I’m not claiming we’ll go a step further and win the league immediately. However, as we head into what looks to be the most competitive Premier League season of all time, with the magical nights back at Anfield, players to look forward to in every line, and another year under the amazing football brain that is Brendan Rodgers, we’ve got every single reason to believe the Redmen will make us dream again.
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