Initially, I think it is only fair to concentrate our immediate attention on the completed expansion of Liverpool’s Main Stand, boasting an impressive view across the Liverpool skyline. The completed refurbishment is also inclusive of a tree lined walkway, humbly named ’96th Avenue’ dedicated to those who lost their lives in the tragic disaster back in 1989.
As always, an excellent reception for the team bus, always a hair standing moment when you can see the darkened figure of the coach approaching through the plumes of red smoke, to the emphatic noise of the fans. This was Liverpool’s first home game of the season, and the scenes were set.
Very little, in terms of a match review is required this week. A very dominant performance from Liverpool throughout and we fully deserved the three points. Slightly unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet, but with that in mind let’s take the positive out of the situation, Lucas gained his first assist for a long time.
Defensively, we still looked poor at times, and I am not entirely convinced Milner is any kind of permanent solution to our Left back problems. I can see that being one of our only downfalls this season. I like the high intensity, high pressing football Liverpool are playing under Klopp, I honestly believe we are in for an exciting season.
I have been thoroughly impressed so far with Mane. He has bundles of talent, and already shows me signs of a future star for Liverpool.
One player I want to focus on in a little more depth this week is Lallana. I was delighted to see him on the score sheet for England last weekend, in all fairness it has been a long time coming. Admittedly he has taken longer than I initially expected to settle at Liverpool, but now his true potential is beginning to become apparent. He shows all the fundamental qualities of a natural talent and again I truly believe he will be a very important player for us this season. His work rate and ethos is second to none.
The squad has undoubtedly been strengthened, some excellent business carried out throughout the transfer window. With no European football this year all of our attention will be turned to the league. For me, we have to finish in a top 4 position. Not for one second do I believe that is an easy task, but I do believe we will do it.
Next stop, Stamford Bridge.