AM- Roberto Firmino
The former Hoffenheim man is happy playing anywhere in an advanced position, so expect Brendan Rodgers to give him the freedom to not stick to one role in the side. That will give defenders nightmares, as he is a very spaciously-aware player, so will look to exploit the gaps. While he may not be looking for the ball, his runs will allow for his teammates to get into the gaps. If the reputation translates into what he produces at Anfield, we could be talking about a player who redefines the role he plays in the same way Dennis Bergkamp did for the no.10 position.
AM- Philippe Coutinho
Having worked with Liverpool’s latest signing at international level, Philippe Coutinho will be hoping that he can make Firmino’s arrival at Anfield as seamless as possible. They have developed an understanding for Brazil, and if they can bring that to Merseyside, then Premier League defences are set for weekly headaches. Coutinho was Liverpool’s best player last year, and although that is not saying much, there will be a lot of pressure on reproduce that form once again.
ST- Daniel Sturridge
When Daniel Sturridge is fit, there are few English strikers more ruthless than he. However, injury problems decimated his season last year, and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to turn his fortunes around. Unlike last season however, there are options that should be able to take his place should he suffer from the same difficulties. Firmino seems the most likely option, but Danny Ings proved with Burnley last year that he has top flight quality, and even James Milner played the role very effectively at times for Manchester City.
However, there could be another option on the way with Sky Sports reporting that Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca and Zenit’s Salomon Rondon are on the radar.