Dietmar Hamann voices his thoughts on Liverpool's squad ahead of season opener

Former Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann

The ex-Reds midfielder says he is quietly confident ahead of the new campaign.

Former Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has said on his personal Twitter account that he is "quietly confident" about the club's chances ahead of the new season thanks to their encouraging transfer business.

The Reds have signed six first-team players so far this summer in the form of goalkeeper Loris Karius and Alex Manninger, centre-backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, and forward Sadio Mane.

Though goalkeeping and defensive reinforcements were essential given the inconsistencies of Simon Mignolet and the summer exits of Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel, it is perhaps unsurprisingly the signings of Wijnaldum and Mane that have got supporters most excited.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring their first goal

Mane scored his first goal for the club in the 4-0 demolition of Barcelona in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, and has shown signs that he can go some way to justifying his £30 million fee this term.

Hamann, when asked on Twitter by a supporter what he was expecting from his former side this term, suggested that Wijnaldum and Mane will improve the side, but insisted that injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge remains the club's key man.

The former German star wrote: "Quietly confident, lacked pace going forward. Wijnaldum and Mane should improve them, Sturridge still key though."

Sturridge is certainly a crucial player for Liverpool; he has scored 53 goals in 92 appearances for the club, including 13 in 25 games in another injury-hit campaign last term.

However, there are fears that he could miss Sunday's opening Premier League fixture with Arsenal after picking up a hip injury.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool

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