It’s been a summer of real change at Anfield and for the first time since his arrival at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has had the chance to bring in the players he wishes to work with as the season gets underway this summer.
He hasn’t hesitated either and has made some huge statements going forward, suggesting that his side aren’t just here to make up the numbers in the Premier League this season.
But standing in Liverpool’s way to start with is Arsenal, and it is set to be a tough game for both sides, who will want strong starts.
So with so many new players at the club, who will start the game for the Reds? Will it be a case of relying on the old, or throwing the new in at the deep end?
With all this in mind, here’s our Liverpool starting XI that could beat Arsenal in their Premier League opener, lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation…
A tough choice to get things underway as there will be a real battle for the goalkeeping jersey this season.
New signing Loris Karius is likely to get the nod ahead of Simon Mignolet, quite simply because he is a Jurgen Klopp signing. It will be interesting to see how the former Bundesliga defender gets on in the Premier League, compared to in his native Germany.
A pretty easy option for this slot and we expect Nathaniel Clyne to fill it for the majority of the season as long as injuries stay away.
He’s proved himself to be one of the most attacking full-backs in the Premier League and he gives Liverpool a real outlet going down the right hand side. Expect another strong season from the former Southampton man.
Mamadou Sakho will want to put a difficult few months behind him as Liverpool begin their new Premier League season this weekend.
The French defender is probably Liverpool’s most senior and experienced defender ahead of the new campaign and he is expected to play a big role for the Reds this season.
He’s a rock at the back and is an extremely reliable option for Klopp going forward.
We’ve gone with Joel Matip as Sakho’s opening day defensive partner, which might surprise some Reds supporters.
Ragnar Klavan has also been brought in this summer but we feel that Matip is a more positive and exciting choice than the Estonian international. He’d been a prominent figure for former club Schalke for the past seven seasons and he should be a steady choice at centre-halve.
Perhaps one of the weaker areas of the Liverpool team, Jurgen Klopp will be pretty reliant on a strong start from Alberto Moreno this season. He has few options in this area of the pitch after allowing Jose Enrique to leave earlier this summer so it will be down to Moreno to keep things steady on the left-hand side.
He loves getting forward and did well last year- there could be far worse options for the Reds.
The German defender-cum-midfielder has been a fantastic addition to the Liverpool side since moving to the side from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014 and we expect him to hold down this position for the majority of the season.
He’s a powerful, pacy option to have in the middle of the park and he’s only going to get better.
Another pretty simple choice, Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson will start this one alongside Emre Can.
After a solid pre-season which saw the Reds beat Barcelona 4-0, Liverpool fans will have been happy to see Henderson playing well from the off. He’ll be the heartbeat of the team from the middle of the park and as we’ve already seen, he’ll have to lift the team when the going gets tough.
One of the biggest signings in the Premier League this summer, Jurgen Klopp will be keen to see his new winger get off to a good start against the Gunners.
The former Southampton man will bring a direct approach to Liverpool’s wing and Reds’ supporters will hope he can start with a bang this weekend.
He’s looked sharp in pre-season and it will be interesting to see what type of player he turns into under Klopp.
Another pretty standard choice this one as many Reds supporters expect him to be a massive player again for the team this season.
Firmino, who actually struggled to make an impact at the start of his Liverpool career has really come into his own and now carries the team at times, with his creativity and imagination at the heart of the forward line.
If he has another strong season then Liverpool can do well this season.
A tough choice between Sturridge and Origi but on this occasion we’ve gone with the former Chelsea man. Origi will get his chance after finishing last season so strongly but Sturridge’s experience at this level gives him the advantage this time round.
As we know, when he’s in-form he’s a really tough player to contain and his goals could decide how far Liverpool can go this season.
Needs to stay injury free.