Jurgen Klopp says this summer has been successful for the Reds, because the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have been retained.
There were a few murmurs of the pair being linked to Real Madrid earlier in the year, but nothing substantial came of that. After winning the Champions League, there was little doubt that both would want to stay put.
At Borussia Dortmund and at Anfield up to now, Klopp had to deal with the departures of big players almost every year. From Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze to Philippe Coutinho, the German was often having to rebuild, rather than build upon, previous successes.
According to the Irish Independent, Klopp said: “For the first time in my career, now or from Monday onwards when Sadio is back as well, I will have my team together from last year.
“We have to train together and games are coming up and in that period we still have to win football games. That’s the main thing I am thinking about at the moment, how we can do that, and I don’t think too much about how happy I am that the boys are still together.”
New faces might not have come in, but Klopp is right. The Reds achieved so much last season, and retaining the world-class stars with such ease can only be a good thing.
Getting another 97 points on the board in the Premier League and going all the way in Europe once again will be a tough ask, but it’s one which the players have shown themselves to be capable of already. It’s very nearly time to see if they can do it again.