As Liverpool prepare for the start of their Premier League campaign at Anfield against Stoke City, we take a look at what the Reds faithful should expect in the 2013/14 campaign.
A mixed season. A little too much drama from Luis Suarez as per usual but the solid football that is expected from. No trophies and no trips to Wembley. A disappointing Europa League run, being knocked out in the round of 32. In fact, they were the worst of all four English teams. The January arrival of Philippe Coutinho was a real bright spot though. A seventh placed finish was possibly below par - especially as Eveton ended above them.
This season sees Liverpool facing a new chapter; they will be looking to get back into the elite clubs of Europe this season and will also be after a cup.
Brendan Rodgers is going into his second season as Liverpool manager and will be looking to improve on last season. His managerial style is all about possession of the ball, with a particular focus in the middle third of the pitch.
The combination of Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho has potential to be one of the youngest, yet best, partnerships in the league this season. Steven Gerrard has recovered from his shoulder operation and will be back to take charge of his team. The replacement of Jamie Carragher with Kolo Toure is a sensible move and keeps the defence looking decent. Liverpool have a large squad full of versatile players which provides depth to each position.
There is a real lack of consistency with Liverpool. One week of great play and a great result is followed by poor play and a poor result, leaving them in a lower than expected position. The loss of Suarez goes further than just his ability to score goals but no doubt, Liverpool will bounce back from his loss if he does go.
Philippe Coutinho. At only 21, he is still extremely young but big things are already expected from him and rightly so, as he has all the attributes of being a superstar. He creates goals, scores goals and is a pleasure to watch, regardless of what team you support. The 6-0 annihilation of Newcastle saw him pulling all the strings.
Overall, there is a real hunger and determination amongst the players to succeed and they will be pushing themselves harder than ever. The willingness of Rodgers to give young players a chance really bodes well for the future of the club.
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