Brendan Rodgers hopeful for upcoming Liverpool season

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Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool have forgotten about last season following his side's 4-0 defeat of Thailand All Stars during their pre-season tour in Thailand.

The Reds bitterly disappointed last term and finished sixth in the Premier League, crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages and failed to add a piece of silverware to the Anfield trophy cabinet. 

Liverpool have been hard at work during the close season and six new faces have arrived at Anfield, including Roberto Filmino from German side Hoffenheim and Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton.


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The game in Bangkok was the Merseyside club's first game of their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia and got off to the best of starts, with Divock Origi scoring on his debut in the 4-0 victory as well as Lazar Markovic, Mamadou Sakho and Adam Lallana. 

And Rodgers admits that last season's efforts are firmly out of his mind and is delighted with his side's progress.

Looking ahead 

“This is our pre-season so we are working very hard to develop a team and hopefully go on and cope with the demands of next season,” the Northern Irishman told the Liverpool Echo.

“Last year we have learned from, the door is closed on last season. We move on from that.

“I’ve been really pleased with the quality and work of the players. If we are going to impress it is going to be about the team and a lot of our work will be done on our team and our spirit because we want quality.

“We played two different teams in either half and I thought both teams played very well. The first half with the heat and conditions was difficult. I thought over two the halves they played very well.

“There were a few elements tonight. The first one is to develop the fitness of players but of course when you come into the game, especially with the heat, it is very tough test. Secondly, tactically we were looking to find something from the game.

“The first 20 minutes of each half we played with a tactic to play with a high press to really force the game and in the second half of each half we looked to defend in a medium to low block.

“These are the challenges we have in a Premier League season – times to press high in particular at home, and away from home when you have to defend with a medium to low block and I thought the players adapted well to that.”

Upcoming Season

Liverpool travel to Stoke City on August 9 for their first game of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, the very same fixture they were thrashed 6-1 on the last game of last season.

Champions League will be the aim for the Reds given the financial benefits that comes with it as well as being able to attract the world's best players. Liverpool may have signed six players already, however, they're not big-star names and Kopites haven't been that excited by any of them.

Liverpool will be without their two top goalscorers from last season; Steven Gerrard has left Anfield for Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy and Raheem Sterling has moved to Manchester City for £49 million.

With the Sterling money, a striker will be at the top of Rodgers' wanted list. Daniel Sturridge missed most of last season through a series of hip and thigh injuries and won't be fit until October at the earliest. 

Danny Ings has moved from Burnley to Liverpool on a free transfer and he scored 11 goals for the Clarets last term, however, a proven 20 goals per season striker is what is needed.

Christian Benteke has been linked to Anfield, however, the Reds are reluctant to pay his £32.5 million buy-out clause at Aston Villa.

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