Jurgen Klopp satisfied with Liverpool's defensive options ahead of opener against Watford

Steven Gerrard

"I miss the game as I've said on many occasions and in an ideal situation I'm 25 now and preparing for the Premier League season myself", Gerrard said.

"Whatever way the finances are organised, Liverpool's ambitions for next season will be shaped by their transfer trading in the next couple of months", states former Liverpool striker John Aldridge.

Liverpool will kick start their new Premier League campaign on Saturday against Watford.

"We knew there would be a qualification game and now it's coming up".

This is why, come the opening weekend, fans up and down the country will be filled with renewed confidence and optimism of where the season may take them.

"If they can learn how to break teams down at home and defend a bit better, I think they are a force", he said in the build-up to the Community Shield as quoted by the Mirror.

The manager has claimed the scalps of Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and City so far in Premier League football but has seen his side held to two stalemates against United and fall to one snatch and grab defeat in January a year ago. The manager did see his side run out 2-0 winners in their first Europa League leg in 2015/16 but three points in the league will feel far sweeter.

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Neither Mamadou Sakho or Lazar Markovic are named, unsurprisingly, but Alberto Moreno is included, perhaps giving an indication as to his future under Klopp.

Backing Arsene Wenger's side to finish in the top four was one of the most consistent bets in English fooball, with last season's fifth-placed finish the first time the selection had failed to pay out in 20 years.

Being dominant in the air and confident on the ball makes Van Dijk the type of centre-back Liverpool have been crying out for.

It seems as though it may be an excruciating wait for the Anfield faithful up until the end of the transfer window, as the question now hanging over Liverpool's head as to their title credentials firmly rests on their ability to keep hold of Coutinho, and acquire the high quality players needed to add depth into a squad which is an injury or two away from disaster.

"For these players playing a game is like Russian roulette".

The Reds host Brighton as their final fixture this season and one hopes that this has all the same hallmarks as Middlesbrough last campaign.