COMMENT By Alex Taylor
Liverpool have enjoyed a proactive summer in the transfer window, spending over £60million to bring in an array of talent that should help them compete for European football next season.
The Reds have made big-money deals for both Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum in recent weeks, costing the club £34million and £25million respectively.
Jurgen Klopp has also sanctioned the acquisitions of Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius and Marko Grukic this summer in a move that will leave fans wondering over who will start where come the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
How will Liverpool line up next season? Where will star buys Mane and Wijnaldum fit in? Who will have to make way?
The biggest changes will come to the Liverpool back line, as current number one goalkeeper Simon Mignolet may well be displaced to make way for Karius between the sticks as Klopp looks to cut out the crucial mistakes that cost his side so dearly last season.
The Belgium shot stopper made four mistakes that led directly to the Merseysiders conceding last campaign, costing Klopp’s side eight Premier League points in total.
Nathaniel Clyne is likely to retain his place as the Reds first-choice right-back and Matip should step into the breach alongside Mamadou Sakho or Dejan Lovren at the heart of the Anfield defence.
Further forward, both Mane and Wijnaldum should find themselves starting the club’s first game of the season.
Mane could play on the left-hand side of an attacking front four and the former Newcastle star playing in a slightly deeper central role alongside midfield kingpin Emre Can.
Daniel Sturridge will lead the line with Philippe Coutinho in-behind him and Roberto Firmino completing the attacking quartet out on the right-hand-side.
Can is also likely to retain his place as the holding midfielder but James Milner, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson could all miss out.
Lallana is well liked by his German manager as his work ethic and role as one of the best pressers in Klopp’ side stand in his favour, but it may not be enough to displace the lethal tenancies of the other forward thinking players now at the former Borussia Dortmund managers disposal.