Jordan Chamberlain – Editor of E.O.T.K – @Jordan_AC90
While team aims and targets should dominate pre-season discussions, it’s important to note that any excellent collective Liverpool results will only come about through similarly excellent individual performances.
Our title pursuit in 2013/14 was based on over-performing cogs in a fluid wheel, but nobody can deny that without Luis Suarez, it simply wouldn’t have happened.
In order to compete strongly on all four fronts and finish in the top four, our entire squad will need to knuckle down and apply themselves.
Below, we’ve named the individual targets of the current squad for the 2015/16 season.
Some of course contradict each other – as there’s no way that Lucas, Emre Can and Joe Allen can all thrive at once – as they’re all competing for the same spot.
(We’ve not included Jose Enrique, Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert or Mario Balotelli – as in all likelihood – the four will be sold before the start of the season. And if they’re not, they’re unlikely to feature much.)
Bogdan was playing as a backup keeper in the Championship last term, so to go through this season establishing himself as a solid Premier League understudy will be an achievement. Bogdan could get chances in the Cups, and so long as doesn’t prove blunder prone, he could warm our bench for a number of seasons.
We need to see the Mignolet we’ve seen since the turn of the year, and not the disastrous one who stood between the sticks during the first six months of last season. The Belgian needs to form a solid relationship with his defenders, primarily the central two, as the constant communication errors will not be forgiven this time around. ‘Confident’ Mignolet must remain, as he won’t be given any more chances this time around. Hit shot stopping is largely good, but he must improve at claiming crosses, too.