The Target: The Premier League/Top four with Carling or FA Cup
For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, Liverpool will miss out on European football. A torrid start to last season under the reigns of Roy Hodgson condemned us to sixth place and with Fulham leading the fair play table, it meant we couldn’t even qualify for the Europa League. This also means that only the Carling Cup and the FA cup will provide a distraction to course. Many people fancy Manchester United, Chelsea and Man City for the title but I believe Liverpool will be a formidable opposition and also-runs. If they fail to win the league, finishing among the top four plus winning one of the two domestic cups will put a big smile on the loyal supporters.
My prediction: 1st or 2nd
The Key Man
Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan signed for Liverpool in January but it feels like he’s been in the Premier League for ages. Voted the best player in the Copa America, he will be a constant nightmare to opposition defences this season. A fit Steven Gerrard will be like a new signing for the Merseysiders. Watch out for new signing Stewart Downing who recently stated that he’s “in the form of his life’ and Daniel Agger if he stays fit.
Youngster to watch
Martin Kelly. At only 21-years, Kelly is likely to pin down the rightback position this season if Glen Johnson doesn’t suffer a dip in form. Kelly has pace to burn and energy and his crossings aren’t bad either. Should Liverpool fail to sing a leftback this season and Fabio Aurelio’s injury problems continue, Glen will more likely move to the left and Kelly to the right. John Flanagan was impressive when called upon last season. Conor Coady, Raheem Sterling and Fernando Suso could all get some game time at Anfield.
Man under pressure
Andy Caroll. The Geordie may only be 22years but his £35 million pricetag has everyone’s eyes cast on him. At Newcastle, he was menacing, if not unplayable, and all Liverpool signings from Steward Downing to Charlie Adam has been centered on him in one way or the other. He will be Liverpool’s point man at around the opposition defences and nothing less than goals will please the Anfield faithful and slam the critics shut. If Alberto Aquilani remains at Liverpool, he will also need to deliver, failure to which he will surely be on sale come January transfer window.
My First XI
JOHNSON CARRAGHER AGGER ENRIQUE
GERRARD ADAM DOWNING
Doni, Kelly, Kuyt, Henderson, Meireles, Skrtel, Jonjo, Flanagan, Aurelio, Sterling, Suso, Aquilani, (New Striker)
LOAN OUT: Spearing, Pacheco, Coady
SELL: Ngog, Joe Cole, Poulsen, El Zhar, Insua, Degen
And That's thesteifmastertake!!