Premier League preview – Liverpool

LiverpoolEveryone at Anfield pledged to be patient with Brendan Rodgers in his bid to return the Merseyside club to its former glories.

A 7th place finish last season was therefore accepted, but a slight improvement will be expected this season, with qualifying for European football a key aim.

There is nothing to suggest that the Northern Irishman will not be able to deliver that however.

He has been recruiting this summer and is looking to shore up Liverpool‘s defence. The retirement of Jamie Carragher has not helped matters, but the Liverpool legend has endorsed the signing of Kolo Toure to replace him.

Of course, a big question mark still hangs over Luis Suarez‘s future, but Liverpool will surely make certain they have a replacement ready should they decide to let the Uruguayan leave.

Players in: Luis Alberto (Sevilla) Undisclosed, Iago Aspas(Celta Vigo) £7m, Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) £9m, Kolo Toure (Manchester City) Free.

Players out: Tyrell Belford (Swindon) Free, Jamie Carragher (Retired), Andy Carroll (West Ham) £15m, Conor Coady (Sheffield United) Loan, Stewart Downing (West Ham) £5m, Peter Gulacsi (Red Bull Salzburg) Undisclosed, Henoc Mukendi (Partick) Loan, Michael Ngoo (Yeovil) Loan, Pepe Reina (Napoli) Loan, Jack Robinson (Blackpool) Loan, Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) £5m, Jay Spearing (Bolton) Undisclosed, Jamie Stephens (Newport) Free, Suso (Almeria) Loan, Danny Wilson (Hearts) Free.

Player to watch: Luis Suarez – if he is still at Anfield, obviously. The first part of the season will be fascinating to see how he responds to the fans and his teammates, as well as how they respond to him. As the talent Suarez that is though, he will be the one to watch in terms of football ability as well. Many thought, after all, that he stood a chance of winning Player of the Year last season, until he bit Branislav Ivanovic.

Young player to watch: Raheem Sterling – the 18-year-old Jamaican-born Englishman made waves during the first part of last season, even earning his first England cap. Boss Brendan Rodgers said that Sterling’s progression needed to be managed, which saw him appear less frequently as the season went on. He will definitely be seen this season though, and will quite possibly be given licence to terrorise defenders on a more regular basis.

Player needing to improve: Joe Allen – it is perhaps more a case of Liverpool needing Joe Allen to step up and form a stronghold in midfield rather than them needing him to improve his technical ability. Allen’s talents are known from his time at Swansea, but last season was certainly not his best. He has a season of experience at Anfield under his belt now though, meaning that the 23-year-old is well placed to push on and make a name for himself in Liverpool.

Season prediction: 6th

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