Liverpool opened their pre-season with a 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers thanks to a strike from the returning Danny Ings.
Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and Joel Matip all made their Red’s debuts in the win – a game in which manager Jurgen Klopp fielded two different starting XI’s for each half.
While the result may be of relatively little significance, the game does represent the beginning of German Klopp’s first full season in charge of the club, and even perhaps a new era at Anfield.
This summer has been one of re-building at Liverpool, as a host of new players have found their way to Merseyside with many more expected to come, and of course a few unfortunately to leave.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager is hoping to take Liverpool back into the heights of their former glories having enjoyed an hit-and-miss first half a season at Anfield in which his side reached two cup finals, however lost both and finished a poor 8th in the league.
If next season is indeed to be a success as the Liverpool faithful are hoping it will be, Jurgen Klopp will have to manage his priorities ahead of the beginning of the new season.
These FIVE should be top of his list – agree?
Getting rid of those that have held Liverpool back over the past seasons is a must if the club are to progress as they wish.
Telling Mario Balotelli he needs to ‘find a new club’ is a start but more than his name springs to mind when you think of Anfield flops.
Lazar Markovic, Joe Allen and Alberto Moreno will also be lucky not to leave the club this summer.
‘What about Daniel Sturridge?’ you may say. Yes, the Englishman is capable of leading the Anfield line, but let’s be honest, his fitness is a major hurdle in that goal being achieved.
The Red’s possess a host of attacking midfielders in Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino – but lack an out-and-out striker who will score them 20+ goals a season.
Unless Danny Ings steps-up and surprises everyone, Liverpool need a goalscorer.
The rescinding of Mamadou Sakho’s controversial ban has been a lift to everyone at Anfield following his fine form towards the end of last season, and the signing of Joel Matip has also excited Liverpool fans after his terrific last campaign in Germany.
Linked with Germany left back Hector now too, Klopp is building the foundations of a solid back four. Too often last season it was a mix-match job which didn’t look especially glued.
Their star man of the previous campaign, it comes as a relief to many that Coutinho has not already left Anfield despite speculation of a move to La Liga giant’s Barcelona.
Klopp should be looking to make Coutinho the focal point of his midfield and build around him so that the magic Brazilian player maker can excel as he has done on occasions before.
Not literally, but Liverpool have certainly lacked a strong box-to-box midfielder who acts as the engine room for the side.
Jordan Henderson and James Milner have done a decent job in midfield but lack the spark and energy that Gerrard brought with him. Finding a midfielder – or even inspiring those at the club – to fill the void left by Gerrard should be a priority for Klopp.