Lucas Leiva explains the advantage Liverpool could have over other sides

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva celebrate at the end of the match

Klopp joining the club in October could be a significant factor.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas LeivaLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has suggested that the Reds have something of an advantage having worked with Jurgen Klopp since October.

Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at that stage last season and working with the manager in a competitive environment for that amount of time means that the players are aware of the expectations the manager has of his squad. 

Luacs told the official Liverpool website: "The seven, eight-month period we had last year will help at the start of the season.

Watford's Troy Deeney in action with Liverpool's Lucas LeivaWatford's Troy Deeney in action with Liverpool's Lucas Leiva

"It's not starting from zero. Everyone knows how the manager wants to work, the players adapted already to the way he wants to do things and I think it could be a big advantage for us.

"We have a difficult beginning of the season in the Premier League but we showed in the past that this team is more than capable of winning games."

It could be an advantage over other sides who start the season with new managers - with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Southampton all clubs who are above or around them in the league table from last season changing managers this summer.

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva during trainingLiverpool's Lucas Leiva during training

All four of Liverpool's new signings have reported for pre-season training meaning they are getting acquainted with Klopp's methods early on though there are several players to return from their time on international duty at Euro 2016.

If Liverpool manage to get off to a fast start with a difficult fixture list - with away games against Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea featuring in their first five matches - they could well steal a march on their rivals. If that materialises, some would suggest the 10 months prior to the start of the 2016/17 season Klopp had working with the players was crucial.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva celebrate at the end of the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva celebrate

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