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Five observations from Liverpool's 4-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund

Daniel Sturridge, Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho, and Jordan Henderson all scored in an excellent 4-0 win for Liverpool over German giants Borussia Dortmund.

There are plenty of goals in this Liverpool team

Inevitably with Liverpool, many questions about how the Merseyside club will perform in the upcoming Premier League season will fall in relation to coping without Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan not only scored plenty of goals, he also assisted many, and set much of the tone for the team's dynamic attacking play. But the game with Dortmund proved that Suarez's departure hasn't meant that the side's goal potential has diminished too much. That the goals came from four different players also shows that an eye for finding the net is spread across the entire the team, obviously a massive positive.

Lovren looks like he could wind up one of the best signings of the summer

Two players just managed to stand out a little more than the others, despite the impressive performances across the pitch. Special kudos goes to new signing Dejan Lovren, who despite training just two days with his teammates was an absolute rock at the back. He exhibited nearly every thing you'd want from a defender, strong, mobile, good in the air, and also able to hit superb cross field balls. His goal was the icing on the cake, though of course he has a history of scoring at Anfield after netting the winner for Southampton last year.

Suarez’s departure could give Coutinho the chance to shine

The other player to really impress was Liverpool's little Brazilian. The 22-year-old was full of super flicks and passes, as he orchestrated proceedings from behind Sturridge. His turn and pass for the striker's goal was absolutely top class, while he also scored a superb effort from a tight angle. It was a real surprise that Coutinho didn't make Brazil's World Cup squad given his strong performances last year, and it looks like he will this season be given an even greater platform to step in and provide the flair that until recently came from another South American.

Sturridge looks comfortable carrying the attacking threat

It is very unlikely that Brendan Rodgers will be able to bring in a better striker than Daniel Sturridge before the end of the month. The former Chelsea striker netted with an excellent left footed shot to send Liverpool on their way, and it is easy to forget just how good he was at the start of last season, when Liverpool were restricted in the attacking options. Sturridge did display some outstanding spells of consistency as well, netting plenty of goals in consecutive games. Liverpool's success this season may well depend on the England man more than anyone else.

Rodgers has got this team well set up for the start of the season

The dominant 4-0 result was the perfect confidence boost ahead of next weekend's opener against Southampton. With the side he started the game with set to be very similar to the eleven that begin in the Premier League, the resolute defence, attacking chemistry and strong performances all round will have given Liverpool fans and players the belief to fancy their chances of another title tilt. There were no obvious areas that needed improvement - even the much discussed left back and forward positions looked strong. 

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