Liverpool's new signings against Southampton - good first signs?

Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Rickie Lambert all made their Liverpool debuts during their 2-1 win over Southampton on the opening weekend.

Liverpool's summer transfer dealings have been well documented having spent in excess of £100 million on no fewer than eight players, as they look to build on last season's second place finish and prepare for life back in the Champions League.

Out of their eight signings, three of them featured during Sunday's 2-1 win over Southampton: Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Rickie Lambert.

All three performances will have been looked at closely as they have been brought in to address certain weaknesses the squad had last season - notably defensively and to give Liverpool more options off the bench.

Here is a brief assessment of all three of Liverpool's debutants against Southampton:

Dejan Lovren

Arguably Liverpool's key signing this summer at the heart of the defence and the early signs were encouraging for Lovren against his old club. His voice was heard as he paired up alongside Martin Skrtel and Liverpool actually managed to execute the offside trap in the 12th minute of the game. For those that watched the Reds last season, you will realise it's a bit of a rare occurrence. The Croatia international looked strong in the air against his old club and confident on the ball - notably switching the play with a glorious 40 yard pass towards the end of the first half. However, to think his signing is completely the answer to Liverpool's defensive frailties is wrong, he needs help from his defensive midfield players who protect him - which was severely lacking from Lucas when Nathaniel Clyne equalised for Southampton. 

Javier Manquillo

How often Manquillo plays this season could lead to how highly Brendan Rodgers rates this loan signing from Atletico Madrid - and how much Glen Johnson means to Liverpool's play this season. Manquillo played the entire 90 minutes and the 20-year-old looked a lot more disciplined than his team-mate who lined up on the opposite flank, despite picking up a booking. Naturally, given it's his first game in the Premier League, and with him being so young, you can't help but feel that he needs to work on his upper body strength in order to get more involved in the physical battles. He's not afraid to get forward on the face of things, and there were shades of former Liverpool right-back Alvaro Arbeloa to his play. It will be interesting to see if Brendan Rodgers feels he is worthy of a place in the side against Manchester City given Alberto Moreno will be available for the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Rickie Lambert

Liverpool's first signing of the summer got the best ovation of them all from all four corners of the ground as he replaced Philippe Coutinho. Lambert was signed as an alternative striking option who is prepared to be rotated, but mostly someone who can be used from the bench and make a difference. He did make a difference by occupying two defenders, had a half-chance himself and his cool, experienced head in the build-up to Daniel Sturridge's winner has gone relatively unnoticed. 

The three players involved can take heart from their displays, now the Liverpool fans will be eagerly awaiting the debuts of Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana and Emre Can. 

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