Brendan Rodgers has hinted fans could be seeing two very different Liverpool sides over the course of next season.
Liverpool face a big challenge to stay near the top of the Premier League and they will face new threats once the Champions League campaign gets under way.
The style which made them so popular last season was a fast paced, counter attacking game which allowed them to absorb a lot of pressure before attacking their main rivals and utilising their pace in exposed areas.
However, the boss has admitted the side will need to be flexible next season.
“We can make passes; if we sit deep, we can play on the counter-attack; we can sit on a low block or we can press high. There's a real flexibility now and it's a huge credit to the players that we can now flip from formation to formation,” he told the Liverpool website.
In terms of the Premier League, Liverpool will probably start off similarly to how they played last season.
The side were at their best when they could exploit space and even against the teams they were heavy favourites against, they seemed to be content with playing on the counter attack with plenty of pace and venom.
The defence needs to be solidified but Liverpool shouldn’t lose anything in terms of their ability to score a high volume of goals.
They’ll have to be much cleverer in terms of the Champions League this coming season.
Experienced away sides will recognise the threat that Liverpool possess on the counter attack and thus they’ll dig in defensively and play more directly against Rodgers’ team.
Teams that play direct football are difficult to counter attack because the body and form of the team doesn’t move forward with the attacking play.
It’s a negatively perceived way of playing football but it’s something the Reds will have to deal with next season.
Fortunately Rodgers has plenty of players who are talented enough in possession to be able to maintain attacking pressure over their rivals in the Champions League but we could see two differently themed sides on the domestic and European scenes.