Liverpool concluded their pre-season tour of the Far East yesterday after securing a 1-1 draw with a Malaysian XI and while that particular result wasn’t the best, the Reds can look back on their preparations favourably with the tour ultimately proving a success.
Jordon Ibe scored a thundeerbolt yesterday serving to suggest that he may be able to step up in Raheem Sterling’s absence and elsewhere for the Reds, the likes of Danny Ings and Divock Origi enjoyed successful run outs.
Liverpool have been busier than most sides this summer swooping to sign James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino and most recently Christian Benteke so our resident Reds fans have been glued to Sky Sports News on our projector all summer long.
While new big name signings such as these are exciting of course, Brendan Rodgers will now have the task of gelling them into a successful unit and having failed with the likes of Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli last term, there will be more pressure this time around.
Nevertheless, Rodgers’ signings appear far more sensible on paper this time and in Benteke, they’ve just landed an absolute brute of a forward who has already proved he has what it takes to succeed in English football.
The question remains whether Liverpool will play to his strengths and with only time telling whether they will, we’ve taken this moment to devise what we believe to be the Reds’ strongest eleven with everybody fit.
Click on the image below to reveal what we believe to be the best starting XI Liverpool can field under Brendan Rodgers next season.