Liverpool season predictions: Benteke has the weight of the world on his shoulders

After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Liverpool are looking to bounce back, but how do our writers think Brendan Rodgers' men will fare?

Liverpool will need a quick start to the season if they are to keep the pressure from mounting on Brendan Rodgers, but the Reds seem to have made some positive moves in pre-season.

How do our writers feel that Liverpool will get on this year as they look to mount a Premier League challenge again?

Prediction: 5th.

Mathew Nash: It has been a busy summer at Anfield once again but it still won’t be enough to crack that top four. Also, don’t expect Brendan Rodgers to be in the Liverpool hot seat by the end of the campaign.

Olly Dawes: Brendan Rodgers has added some impressive signings but there are questions over how he will use Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke. A top four push is expected, but they may fall short.

Chris Linnell: Rodgers has made some astute signings this summer, which should ensure a top six finish. Nonetheless, I still question Liverpool's ability to challenge for a Champions League spot.

Damien Lucas: Benteke shines for his new club and ends up Liverpool's top scorer but without their talismanic leader Steven Gerrard the Reds struggle to mount a serious challenge for the Champions League places.

Freddie Shires: Brendan Rodgers’ summer business will reap its rewards, as the additions of James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke will help push them back above the Gunners.

Che Thomas: For me, some of Liverpool’s signings remind me of the business they did last summer, even if I think they will fare a little better this time round. Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner look good buys on paper, but I have doubts about whether Liverpool’s playing style will suit Christian Benteke, and it’s hard to predict how well Roberto Firmino will perform. The sheer numbers of players that have been brought in over the last two years are a concern, as is the absence of Stevie G of course.

Stephen Pickering: The Reds have a good squad, but go into the season with Brendan Rodgers under huge pressure to deliver results. Christian Benteke, in particular, has the weight of the world on his shoulders as he needs to be fit and firing from day one to potentially keep Rodgers in a job. Key player: Philippe Coutinho.

Tim Poole: Sixth is the best Liverpool can hope for. Like Pellegrini, Brendan Rodgers won’t last the season in my eyes.

Lewis Doe: Plenty of new signings creating some pressure for Brendan Rodgers. Could be under pressure at Christmas.

Michael Stevenson: Solid business has been done at Anfield this summer but nothing to propel them to the next level. Raheem Sterling’s absence will be damaging and the Reds will fall short again.

Billy Hawkins: Too many signings result in a prolonged bedding in period, but quality shines through late on.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:



Manchester United

Manchester City





West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa





Norwich City

Leicester City

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