Liverpool made a number of interesting signings this summer.
Liverpool’s deadline day dealings were relatively moot, though that was entirely expected as the club managed to successfully do most of their business earlier on in the summer.
After a somewhat disappointing campaign last season, bodies needed to be added and the Reds went out and brought in seven new players – quite a statement.
Among those additions were big-money buys Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, the latter arriving with quite an impressive reputation from his time in Germany’s Bundesliga with Hoffenheim.
Brendan Rodgers’ men began the campaign with three successive clean sheets and seven points from a possible nine, with their performance during the 0-0 draw at Arsenal earning plenty of praise.
However, last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United served as a warning to the Merseysiders that plenty of improvement is needed, not least if the club harbour ambitions of securing a top four spot.
The Reds boast a big squad with plenty of players fighting for positions, but the graphic below is an illustration of what we believe is their strongest XI when all players are fit and available.
The back five have been a mainstay so far this season, and for three of the four games it was understandable why Brendan Rodgers had persisted with the same players.
Jon Flanagan, Alberto Moreno and Mamadou Sakho provide decent backup – when fit – and the defenders as a whole are protected well by a sold midfield.
Brendan Rodgers also has Lucas Leiva and Emre Can in contention for places, but James Milner and Jordan Henderson provide so much energy in the middle that they make an excellent partnership.
As for the attacking side of the team, the thought of Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in the same XI is a frightening prospect for any opponent.