EPL TOP 6 PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL

EPL TOP 6 PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL

EPL TOP 6 PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL

By: Miguel Martinez

EPL

LIVERPOOL

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Key Additions

Christian Benteke

James Milner

Roberto Firmino

Nathaniel Clyne


Key Losses

Steven Gerrard

Raheem Sterling

Rickie Lambert

Mario Balotelli?

For Liverpool, life after Suarez was a humbling experience as The Reds went from tittle hopefuls to out of Champions League contention within a year. Least season was a sad farewell tour for Steven Gerrard, as the captain got little support from his strikers and led the team with goals. Liverpool had some exciting play from midfielders Philipe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling but the team lacked the consistency to keep up with the likes of Chelsea and Man City. Liverpool not only struggled scoring goals but Glenn Johnson struggled heavily last year and the back four under performed as a unit. With Jordan Henderson confidently stepping into the captaincy and Coutinho coming back as one of the best midfielders in the EPL, Liverpool fans have a good base to build on for this year.   Liverpool has made some key additions this transfer window and it seems like most of these concerns have been addressed.

Coming into this year Liverpool looks to make a notable jump up the table with the additions of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino.  The pair will be asked to score at a higher level than the absolutely awful year Balotelli had; which has placed the Italian on the outside looking in at forward position,  Benteke has scored 40+ goals in his first 3 years in the EPL and will look to take advantage of the world class talent around him at Liverpool.  The team also was able to sign the English International James Milner away from Man City on a free transfer.  Milner was a consistent high-motor 2-way player at City that stood out on a star packed team.  He is primed to play a more offensive role next to Henderson this season. Stepping into the spot of departed Liverpool Legend Steven Gerard.  Another welcome addition is Nathaniel Clyne who will use his attacking ability and pace to join the attack but is also not the defensive liability that Glenn Johnson was last year.  Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho will hope to stay injury free this year as the defenders are looking to continue their tough no nonsense style of defense. Liverpool looks to start a fresh chapter and on paper seems guaranteed to have an improvement in record.  The real challenge for The Reds will be keeping up with the top EPL teams but if they can play up to their potential they will back in the hunt for a trophy.