Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson told the club’s website that he’s got no doubt over which area of the team will be vital looking ahead to the new season.
Henderson has suggested that the basis of Liverpool’s play will rest in midfield, suggesting that the middle of Brendan Rodgers’s team need to do more to control games when the Premier League returns in August.
“I think the main aim in the game is making sure that we contribute, not only attacking and assisting, but also defensively,” he told liverpoolfc.com.
“The midfield is obviously a crucial part in football at any level really, so it's important that you get a foothold in the game right from the start, and then build from there.”
Liverpool will miss Gerrard
There is going to be a big void to fill with former skipper Steven Gerrard having left the club for LA Galaxy in the MLS.
However, Henderson can step up in terms of leadership and Rodgers has already made a very productive midfield addition in the transfer market in the form of James Milner.
It’s very important that whichever combination of midfielders Rodgers goes with, they all need to complement each other in terms of defence and attack.
Further transfers needed
Rodgers will make further additions to his squad in the transfer market and there’s arguably a need for another attacking wide player to come into the middle of the team.
There’s no guarantee that Raheem Sterling will still be a Liverpool player at the start of the season, which would put Rodgers in a difficult position.
He needs to try and find a replacement because it’s unlikely that Sterling will feature.
It’s about balance for the boss and finding players who offer him something different to the options he already has in the squad.