The Luis Suarez transfer saga has been one of the major talking points of the summer. Will he stay, or won't he?
It now appears that has been resolved, but even without the enigmatic Uruguayan Liverpool have started the season with a bang, obtaining maximum points from their first two Premier League games.
They have shown good balance and composure in the absence of Suarez. Many said Liverpool relied too much on Suarez last season which is probably true considering the amount of goals and assists he provided during the season.
However, there is life to this Liverpool squad even without Suarez as Daniel Sturridge is proving to be worth every penny and Simon Mignolet has made game-changing saves. Kolo Toure, signed on a free transfer from Manchester City, is also is proving to be a steal proving the Reds defence with real experience and resoluteness.
However, it appears that the best is yet to come. Obviously, the side will be very improved when Luis Suarez comes back.
One of the best players in the Premier League, Suarez doesn't have to be happy to perform. He should be in for another unbelievable season and be in the top five for goals, despite his suspension.
One reason for a predictably great season for Suarez is the addition of crafty playmaker Phillippe Coutinho.
He has great skill and he can create chances for himself and others. Suarez has often been made to do a lot for himself, but Coutinho should provide him with more, and easier, chances. The addition of Iago Aspas should also help.
Meanwhile, recently signed Aly Cissokho who should also bolster an already strong defence, and provide more width up the pitch.
Their defence is stacked with solid players, and they have enough to last the season. Regardless of injuries, they have enough depth to go around. Their defence will hold strong throughout the season and will have more help from Mignolet in goal.
In the midfield, Jordan Henderson appears to be finally finding his stride. Lucas and Steven Gerrard are classy customers and Joe Allen looks set for a more productive season than his first one.
The real question for Liverpool lies in attack until Suarez comes back. However, Sturridge has answered the call, and looks very capable of scoring on a consistent basis.
He looks like he did some work in pre-season in order to be the main striker for the first time. He has scored eight goals in his last seven games for the Reds, highlighting the rich vein of form and confidence Sturridge has at this moment in time.
Liverpool look set for a great year. There team is improved from last year and their young players appear to be finding their footing.
One problem last year was the poor start they made to the season. This year, it couldn't be better. In short Liverpool looks poised for a top five position come the end of the season and could even sneak into the top four.
Arsenal's poor pre-season and Tottenham's lack of someone who can create their own chances could open the door. Liverpool just needs to keep it together and prove themselves against top notch opponents, in order to elevate themselves back into the English elite.
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