Liverpool season predictions, new signing to watch, key player and areas of worry

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After a second-place finish in the Premier League last season, can Liverpool go one better?

Despite the loss of Luis Suarez, Liverpool will be heading into this season full of optimism after their unexpected second place finish in the Premier League last season. The previous campaign has given the club, and their fans, cause to believe that the club can compete for major honours again and that their first title win since 1990 isn't too far away.

Brendan Rodgers has set his sights on trophy this season, and with Liverpool playing in the Champions League for the first time, it's a season to be looked forward to on Merseyside. 

Reasons to be positive

The Reds still have one of the most exciting squads at their disposal and they're still pretty young. Raheem Sterling is still a teenager, Philippe Coutinho is 22 and 18-year-old Jordon Ibe has emerged as a first team candidate whilst Suso has returned from a loan spell with Almeria looking a more well-rounded player if the pre-season games are anything to go by.

Combine that with the rapid improvement of Jordan Henderson last season and the new signings that have come in with the likes of Emre Can and Lazar Markovic, Liverpool seem to have a lot more depth and options in most areas of the field.

Also, the special European nights are back at Anfield meaning another crazy adventure could be on the horizon.

Trouble on the Horizon

Defensive frailties. Conceding 50 goals last season is far too much for a side that has title ambitions and there might be a few teething problems to begin the season as Liverpool may field a completely different back four in their opening game against Southampton than they did against Stoke City a year ago.

As it stands Liverpool only have the three strikers so if Daniel Sturridge gets a long injury they could be in serious trouble. They can't solely rely on Rickie Lambert whilst Fabio Borini's future is still very much uncertain. The club have openly said they are in the market for another forward.

Finally, it'll be interesting to see if Liverpool have recovered fully from the heartbreak of last season after coming so close to landing their Premier League crown.

Top Scorer

Daniel Sturridge. 21 goals in the Premier League last season, second only to Luis Suarez. If he can keep himself fit for 95% of the campaign he is a great bet for the golden boot.

Will the manager last the season?

Of course he will. Even if it's case of taking one step back this season because of the amount of changes in first team personnel, Brendan Rodgers will be given the chance to take Liverpool two steps forward. He and the rest of those connected with the club are in it for the long term.

Key Player

Raheem Sterling. Though he is only 19, he has the talent to win big games on his own. It will be interesting to see how many positions he plays in as well.

New signing to watch

Given that there is plenty of them it will be hard to single out one. However, Liverpool's defence leaked 50 goals last season and Brendan Rodgers feels that Dejan Lovren is the solution as the Reds bid to tighten things up at the back. More clean sheets could lead to Liverpool softening the blow of Suarez leaving.

Prediction

Given the sides that have strengthened, and the amount of improvement they have all shown, it could be one of those seasons where there isn't much of a points difference between first and sixth. Fourth place would not be a bad league campaign for the Reds and I think they can at least make that.

Where do you think Liverpool will finish this season?

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