The Premier League is only a few weeks away and going into the new season, Liverpool fans should be filled with optimism.
Last term must be deemed as a success for the Reds, with Jurgen Klopp leading the Merseyside club back into the Champions League.
Given the scintillating football played by Liverpool at times in the first half of the campaign in particular, some fans would have expected a title push from the team in 2016-17.
However, with another off-season under Klopp’s tutelage and a number of shrewd acquisitions brought in so far this summer, the Reds must be deemed as real title contenders this season.
Although Liverpool have odds of around 10/1 with bookmakers such as bet365 mobile to win the league and other teams are more-fancied, the Merseyside outfit can challenge if a couple of important elements come to fruition this summer.
First and foremost, Philippe Coutinho must not be sold at any price, despite reported interest from Barcelona being touted in the press on a daily and weekly basis.
The Brazilian playmaker is the attacking heartbeat of the Liverpool side and has the ability and potential to become truly world-class in the near future.
While the Reds were harangued into the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona due to the player’s desire to move, Coutinho has repeatedly spoken of his happiness at the club and as such all the signs are there that the South American star will remain at Anfield.
Secondly, with Champions League football and cup competitions to play, Liverpool need to add more strength in depth before the transfer market closes next month.
There are certainly positions where Klopp has limited trusty options available to him and this must be addressed through player recruitment in the next five weeks.
While touted midfielder target Naby Keita looks unlikely to leave Red Bull Leipzig, Virgil van Dijk is agitating for a move away from Southampton and would be an amazing addition.
Finally, with Mo Salah being signed from Roma to further bolster an ominous-looking attack, Klopp must find balance in the final third to have Liverpool firing on all cylinders.
The Egyptian joins Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Adam Lallana in fighting for the three furthest forward positions – the German coach needs to determine a first-choice trio that delivers maximum results.
Of the new players to join the club, Klopp has been calculated in his recruitment efforts.
Salah looks like an ideal addition given his style of play, with the fast and frenetic winger brimming with pace and quality – the prospect of him and Mane on alternative wings will strike fear into opposition defences.
Andrew Robertson is another good signing, with the Scotland international excelling in a struggling Hull City side last season and good on the front foot.
While Liverpool have not shelled out the sizeable transfer sums that the likes of Chelsea and the Manchester clubs have, there is every reason that the Reds can challenge for the Premier League title next season.