So far this summer Liverpool have been very active in the transfer market, signing six new players in rapid succession as they aim to get their business done and enable themselves to register the best possible start to their Premier League campaign in 2015/16.
The six players signed so far are Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino, ‘keeper Adam Bogdan, Charlton full-back Joe Gomez and English trio James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings.
The newbies will have six weeks to gel before a return to action away a Stoke City, where, of course, Liverpool suffered a 6-1 defeat on the closing day of last season. A perfect game to evaluate the new squad’s credentials, it would seem.
But what could that re-shaped side look like? Just by looking at the players Brendan Rodgers has already signed it looks like he will do away with the 3-4-3 and change to a more common 4-3-3.
Starting with the man between the sticks, although Bogdan has been brought in it looks likely that Simon Mignolet will get the nod in goal. He returned to form after a poor first half of the season and is very much the No.1 at Anfield.
The centre-backs are set to be Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel. The former of the two had a solid season and will look to build on his good performances after a shaky start to his career in the red shirt, while the later, Skrtel, has been a regular on Merseyside for years now and is a solid performer with the experience this back four needs.
The two full backs are likely to be former Sevilla man Alberto Moreno on the left and England international Clyne, who is now the fourth man to swap Southampton for the North West in just over a year, on the opposite flank. Both full backs are pacey and great going forward, albeit their defensive contributions are questionable.
The midfield could well be made up of, likely, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson on the left side of a midfield three, James Milner on the right side of the trio and Philippe Coutinho positioned just in front in the attacking midfield role. The three look to have a nice balance of high energy and creativity.
Then we come to the front three which is less obvious to predict. Raheem Sterling, if still at Anfield, or Ings could well fill the right forward position, with the main man being Daniel Sturridge, injury permitting, while new signing Firmino is likely to be positioned on a left supporting the striker.
The front three looks well balanced, quick and capable of scoring plenty of goals. Obviously a lot depends on whether Sterling stays, how Ings and Firmino settle on Merseyside and whether Sturridge can stay fit.
But overall the team looks far stronger than last season, and has a real quality feel to it. Of course the early business does not always guarantee success, nevertheless it will be intriguing to see what it does produce.