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Could this be Liverpool’s starting XI on the first day of the season?

With seven new faces having already arrived at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp is making real progress in implementing his stamp on the team ahead of his first full season on Merseyside.

The German will be looking to improve on the inconsistencies of his sides’ displays last season. From the incredible victory against Manchester City to abysmal showings at Watford, Liverpool need to improve defensively and adjust to Klopp’s unique system of football.

With such a competitive Premier League, Liverpool may have their work cut out to break into the European place.

We take a look at how Klopp’s men could line-up on the first day of the season, as they travel to Arsenal in a mouth-watering curtain raiser…

GK – Loris Karius

There is no doubting the abilities of Simon Mignolet as a shot stopper. The Belgian is capable of pulling off incredible saves. However, his command of the area is poor and his handing under pressure needs serious work.

Cue the arrival of Loris Karius, whose composure befits a player far older than his 23 years. While many will assume that the German will remain an understudy to Mignolet, do not be surprised to see Klopp plump for his compatriot as a first choice.

RB – Nathaniel Clyne

Arsenal v Southampton - Capital One Cup Third Round

Despite not featuring for England at Euro 2016, Nathaniel Clyne had another impressive season at Liverpool and has been such a consistent player since moving to Merseyside 12 months ago.

Still just 25, Clyne has time to improve and become a mainstay in a Klopp side. Perhaps the most promising development for Clyne is that he is the perfect player to fit the style of play that his German manager wants to implement.

CB – Joel Matip

Despite his young age, 24-year-old Joel Matip had been a regular at Schalke for seven season before making the move to Liverpool this summer. The central defender is powerful, dominating and doesn’t lack pace.

With Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure leaving Anfield, and Mamadou Sakho’s hijinks clearly not impressing Klopp, this could be an important year for Joel Matip at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

CB – Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren

After a torrid start to his Liverpool career, Dejan Lovren was a much improved player last season and seemed to relish the arrival of Jurgen Klopp. The Croatian is now one of the first names on the Liverpool team sheet and will be tasked with organizing the defence at Anfield this season, especially as veteran players Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure have departed.

With a new defensive partner set to start alongside Lovren, the 27-year-old will need to maintain his form if Liverpool have any chance of breaking into the top four this season.

LB – Jonas Hector

Jonas Hector

Despite Jonas Hector being a blatantly obvious option for Liverpool at left-back, any reports of an imminent move have seemingly vanished.

However, with Liverpool in desperate need of improvement at left back and Hector impressing phenomenally in the Bundesliga and at Euro 2016, I would bet against the German lining up in red for the first game of the new campaign.

CM – Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson

The captain at Liverpool enjoyed a somewhat inconsistent season in 2015/16. The 26-year-old displayed moments of excellence but also failed to demonstrate those inspiring performances that are so required of a skipper at Anfield.

Despite this, Klopp will stick with Henderson in the middle of the park; his engine and passing ability will contribute to the team’s overall style of play.

CM – Emre Can

Emre Can

One of the most improved players in the Liverpool squad last season, Emre Can has developed from looking like an overwhelmed teenager to a strong leader in a Liverpool shirt.

Still only 22, Can has a lot of learning to do but his ability to contribute defensively and offensively make him an essential player in the Liverpool team.

RW – Sadio Mane

Huddersfield Town v Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

With a £34million price tag looming over him, new signing Sadio Mane will have to demonstrate his worth immediately if he wants to silence any waiting critics.

The 24-year-old will likely adapt quickly to the Liverpool squad. Premier League experience with Southampton combined with electric pace, skill and an eye for goal should make the Senegalese star an immediate favourite with the Anfield faithful.

CAM – Georginio Wijnaldum

Newcastle United v Liverpool - Barclays Premier League

Another new signing at Anfield, Georginio Wijnaldum was arguably Newcastle’s best player in a season to forget on Tyneside.

The 25-year-old provides another attacking threat from midfield; his career goalscoring record considering his position on the field is mightily impressive. The Dutchman will likely be used in rotation with other attacking midfielders like Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana.

LW – Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool Training

Since Luis Suarez left Anfield two year ago, Philippe Countinho has been gifted the title of ‘Liverpool’s best player’ by many watching Premier League fans.

The 24-year-old has lived up to this affectionate nickname for the most part but often has inconsistent patches that are more evident considering he is such an integral part of the Liverpool team. However, the Brazilian still has much to offer and will undoubtedly be exciting the Kop once again with his sublime skill, insatiable directness and goalscoring capabilities.

ST – Divock Origi

Divock Origi

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Jurgen Klopp this season is who to select as they starting striker on the opening day of the season.

Danny Ings has been impressive pre-season but will likely be used as an impact substitute. Roberto Firmino is ever-improving but will likely be used in a deeper role. Christian Benteke has his bags packed already and Daniel Sturridge is undoubtedly the best natural striker in the squad but is also an injury-prone nightmare. That leaves just one man – Divock Origi.

The young Belgian showed flashes of brilliance last season netting 10 times in 33 games for the Reds and Klopp is clearly a fan of Origi and selected him for a number of important games last season over Daniel Sturridge.

It could be a big year for the 21-year-old.

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