The five things Liverpool fans need to know right now

In a strange way, the off-season has been far more enthralling than the actual campaign just gone for Reds fans. While 2014/15 ended in woeful fashion, the summer transfer window has been a non-stop merry-go-round of excitement for Kopites, who have been treated to plenty of new arrivals and interesting news on a daily basis.

And even though the likes of James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke are all in (the last one should be completed soon) and Raheem Sterling has finally been sold, the fascinating news is yet to stop. So, what do Reds fans need to know RIGHT NOW? Well, here are a few issues, developments and talking points to ponder…

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Benteke exit means the end of Rickie Lambert…

It’s now no secret that Christian Benteke will become a Liverpool player. The £32.5m release clause in his contract has been met and, barring the most bizarre of bizarre late twists, Brendan Rodgers will have the striker he’s wanted all summer – although whether or not he’s the right forward remains to be seen.

And the No.9 shirt may well be free for the big Belgian, with Rickie Lambert likely to head off with a host of clubs interested…

It may not just be Borini off to Lazio

With the majority of the Reds’ incomings seemingly sealed, attention is now well and truly on those going out, and it seems that Lazio are now after Mamadou Sakho following their Fabio Borini chase. The France international has been a pre-season regular so far in the Far East and Australia, but his cumbersome movement and error-prone ways divide opinion among the Anfield faithful…

How Liverpool can fit Benteke in…

Big strikers and Liverpool don’t tend to go hand-in-hand… just look at Andy Carroll, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli! Alas, in Benteke they seem to have a new one, and Rodgers will have to work had to get him into his team and firing from the off. Here is how he could approach matters…

Transfer plans are ambitious…

Even though vast amounts of cash have been spent at Anfield over the course of the past 12 months – getting on for £200m – it seems that the transfer bonanza isn’t going away. Links have emerged with wanataway Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, although it will take a massive fee to get him…

This biggest issue facing Rodgers…

Goals win games, so buying strikers makes sense, right? Well, not entirely, as keeping goals out at the other end is just as vital. Liverpool have struggled with this for some time, and they may do so again in 2015/16 if they don’t sort out the glaring issue…