Brendan Rodgers 1st season at Anfield showed little progress from the Dalglish era. It was no surprise, then, that he dived in to the transfer market early on, securing no less than 4 new signings. Spanish forwards Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto have joined for almost £7m each, which could be a sign that Luis Suarez is on his way out. In his quest for getting back in to the top 4, Rodgers has also brought in Kolo Toure, who won the league with Manchester City in 2011/12, on a free and ‘keeper Simon Mignolet for £9m. With Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho supplying the strikers, Liverpool will have plenty of opportunities over the coming year. Should Suarez depart, Daniel Sturridge will have to step up after coming in for some criticism for ‘playing like he’s still 19’. With the transitional season under their belt, Liverpool should finish comfortably above their city rivals.
Key Player: Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian made an impact after joining in January, with 3 goals and 7 assists in 13 games. He will be taking the baton from Steven Gerrard to drag Liverpool through games using his creativity, dribbling and vision. Having adjusted to the league extremely well, his first full season is set to be a success.
One to Watch: Jordan Henderson. Having come in for a lot of criticism when he was signed for an inflated transfer fee, Henderson grew in to his role in the Liverpool midfield last season. The second half of last season was a real improvement and with the quality of players coming in, he could grow as a player and stake his claim to be Gerrard’s long-term successor.