10 reasons Liverpool will improve this season

It’s less than a week until Liverpool kick-off the new Premier League season with the visit of Stoke to Anfield. Yesterday’s pre-season defeat to Celtic may have un-nerved a few ahead of the new campaign but here’s 10 reasons for optimism rather than pessimism.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 3, 2013: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and assistant manager Colin Pascoe during a preseason friendly match against Olympiakos CFP at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

1. We had a great end to last season and have lost nothing to halt the progress we made since January.

2. New signings Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas will provide more goals than Suso and Jonjo Shelvey did last season.

3. Raheem Sterling, Fabio Borini and Jordon Ibe will provide more goals than they did last season.

4. Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge for a full season instead of just half.

5. Over the last few seasons Simon Mignolet has been a better keeper than Pepe Reina, so we should have improved there.

6. We still appear to be trying to bring in a few more players that would improve us further; most notably a left-back and possibly a centre-back and right sided attacker.

7. We look much better than this time last season. Much more prepared for the season. We’re in good shape and will certainly improve on 7th.

8. We will now play a higher line in defence, as has been evidenced in pre-season. This is vital to the philosophy of the team and will in turn aid the midfield.

9. We have greater depth, especially in attacking areas. Last year we called on Adam Morgan and Samed Yesil early in the season, that isn’t the case this season.

10. The manager is learning and the squad fully understand what he wants them to do. No more ‘year zero’.

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  • bonsey

    some valid reasons for optimism but there are still far too many question marks over the team to expect a top 4 challenge. If we don’t lose any more senior players and the new signings gel, then 6th place looks on but the top 5 are still significantly better than us.

    It’s very worrying to see so many senior players leave without being adequately replaced.

  • Martin Button

    I’d agree with the midfield battler. I was hoping for someone like Wanyama that is a big physical presence and can help out at set pieces

  • Martin Button

    Whilst Aspas has missed quite a few chances, as is often said, you have to get in the positions to miss them. If you look at Suarez in his first season, he was incredibly wasteful. Everybody remembers Suarez for last season only, look at his stats for the full season he played under Kenny and you’ll see a hatful of missed chances. Aspas doesn’t look world class granted, but he’s a good squad option and could develop to be more

  • Matthew Priestley

    If we lose 4 of our first 6 games, what will your reaction be? Try to be honest!

  • Matthew Priestley

    At least get my name right when insulting me, you thick tw@!

  • Matthew Priestley

    I’m hoping (and praying, even though I’m not religious) that we have a top player lined up, hence us letting go of Downing.

    I hope this isn’t a repeat of the Carroll-Dempsey incident.

  • Thomas Paton

    Stop promoting the sun on the website ffs

  • Matthew Priestley

    I’m not trying to bring anyone down, just questioning others so-called support.

    See, I don’t need to think of how I’d feel if we lost those games because I already know how I’d feel; I’d be gutted, but I’d still be 100% behind the club and just as passionate as I’ve always been.

    I don’t think we will lose 4 out of 6 games, and I don’t think we will win 6 out of 6 games; I don’t know what to expect, but looking at the transfers so far, you’d have to be deluded to think we will automatically do better than Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man U and Spurs just because we are Liverpool.

    Makes me wonder how all you guys (who “know” we will win loads of games and get success) will react if that doesn’t happen?

    You’re all acting like it’s a divine right that Liverpool will be the best team this season, will win the most games and will win trophies. That that’s how it will be, that there’s no other way it could possibly be.

    What I’m suggesting is; perhaps some of this support will wane if results don’t go our way.