This summer represents Jurgen Klopp’s first real opportunity to make his mark on his Liverpool side.
He performed admirably last season with a largely inherited side, filled with players that Klopp himself perhaps would have not looked at; but that will change going into next year.
Having already signed a number of players, and reports linking him with a host of other names; we may just see a new look Liverpool side as Jurgen Klopp begins his first full season at the helm.
With Champion’s League qualification the ultimate goal, Klopp will need to invest wisely in some top quality players to add to his already hugely talented squad.
With a perfect mix of new and old talent; is this what Liverpool’s starting XI will look like next season?
Liverpool fans have been hoping for a new goal keeper for a number of years; and it looks like they have finally got their wish.
Simon Mignolet is given a lot of criticism by Liverpool fans, much with good reason; his mistakes have cost the side a number of games over the last few years.As a result, Jurgen Klopp has looked towards, and signed, Loris Karius from Mainz 05 as a challenge to the position of Mignolet.
He will certainly have a fight on his hands, but if reports at to be believed it is Klopp himself who has hand picked Karius; so it would not be a surprise to see him in goal straight away next year.
Towering at nearly 6ft3, the reliable keeper is a great signing, and a surefire eventual starter for this new look Liverpool side.
Much like in goal, it is all change for the Liverpool back line.
Both Nathaniel Clyne and Mamadou Sakho will likely retain their spots in the side, with both performing admirably last year.
Clyne really made that right back spot his own, and the £12.5 million fee paid for him looks like a real bargain. Sakho is player that is not without his flaws, but his game rapidly improved last year and he certainly deserves his space in the team over Dejan Lovren.
Joel Matip is a player recently signed by Klopp, and will likely go straight into that defense. Offering German efficiency and defensive ability; the towering defender will be a brick wall in that Liverpool defence.
Alberto Moreno was at the butt of a host of criticism by the Anfield faithful last year for a number of defensive mistakes, and so will likely be replaced this summer. Jonas Hector has been touted as his replacement, with the German defender currently on show at Euro 2016. A solid, reliable full back; he would be a great improvement on the unconventional Moreno.
Familiarity in the Liverpool pivot, with both Emre Can and Jordan Henderson likely to retain their spots in the Liverpool side.
Emre Can is an obvious pick, given the report that he has gained with Jurgen Klopp since his arrival.
He has gone from a bit-part player under Rodgers to a fully fledged member of the first team under Klopp, and he will look to repay his faith next year. Able to play pretty much anywhere across the midfield and defence; Can is a hugely useful asset for this Liverpool side.
Henderson has been on the end of a lot of criticism by fans and the media alike over the last year, with his season marred by inconsistency and injury. As the club’s captain, he seems destined to make his way back into the Liverpool side; and you would definitely back him to get back to his best.
If he can regain his fitness and become a regular fixture in this side, this Liverpool midfield will become unstoppable.
Sadio Mane has been the landmark capture for Liverpool so far this summer, with the side shelling out around £34 million for his services. His electric pace and technical ability separate him from anyone else in this Liverpool side; and as a result he will no doubt fit straight into this team from the outset.
His pace on the left hand side will be paired with the technical ability and dribbling prowess of Roberto Firminio on the right hand side. The Brazilian midfield had a stellar year last season, and will no doubt look to build on that going into next season.
He will look to kick on and really cement his place in that side, with his positioning on the right allowing him to terrorise defenders and shoot from distance.
Coutinho will of course spear head the Liverpool midfield, with his quality easy to see. He has been the standout performer in the Liverpool ranks for the last few seasons, and will no doubt look to kick on again next year. Offering assists and goals; there is no way you can leave out this Brazilian magician.
He isn’t a new signing; but he will sure feel like one for Liverpool fans.
Last year was a torrid one for the young English striker; his season was tarnished by injuries, meaning only a handful of starts throughout the season.
With the brunt of that seemingly behind him, and with a decent Euro 2016 under his belt; next season will be make or break for the striker. If he can get through pre season unharmed, Klopp will no doubt opt for him going into next season, especially with the lack of attacking competition currently in the ranks.
A fit and healthy Daniel Sturridge is an almost guaranteed 20 goals a season; and that would be invaluable to this Liverpool side.