There are just two weeks to go until the start of the new Premier League season and our squad looks to be taking shape very nicely indeed.
Indeed, the addition of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa could well prove to be our last incoming transfer of the summer, as Brendan Rodgers begins to weigh up his options ahead of the new campaign.
The boss has brought in seven new players in total and we finally look to have built some strength in depth – something that we’ve been sorely lacking over the last couple of years, even during the 2013-14 campaign, when we finished second in the league behind Manchester City.
In many ways, it’s been a very positive couple of months for us as a club. The pre-season tour of the Far East has been a success – with three wins out of four – and with a week of training between now and our next friendly game, now feels like a good time to stop and take stock of what’s currently at our disposal.
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So, with that in mind, here’s our ultimate guide to Liverpool’s new-look side. We’ve included strengths, weaknesses and highlighted any areas that could still potentially be improved by the time the window closes.
Here we go…
First Choice: Simon Mignolet
Back-Up: Adam Bogdan, Ryan Fulton
Analysis: With Mignolet having redeemed himself during the second-half of last season, the Belgian was always likely to remain our number one for a third successive campaign. Our focus was instead was turned towards finding a suitable rival for his position, following Brad Jones’ departure.
Bogdan has looked decent during pre-season and should do a similar job to that the Australian performed for so many years. We’d all like to have two world class stoppers competing week in, week out for the number one spot, but very few teams ever have this – and those that do can rarely keep their two players happy.
Conclusion: We should be happy with what we have. If Mignolet can’t keep his consistency over the course of a full season then it might be worth considering a move for an alternative number one next summer.
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