Liverpool will be looking to dethrone Manchester City and enjoy more success in Europe after a successful but ultimately disappointing 2021/22 campaign.

The Reds took home the Carabao Cup and FA Cup but were denied a historic quadruple by City in the Premier League and Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The club have made some shrewd additions in the transfer market to compensate one major outgoing transfer, and expectations remain high on Merseyside.

Here’s 90min‘s preview of the upcoming Liverpool season.

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Outs:

Sadio Mane may have departed over the summer, but the Liverpool squad has been added to with the additions of Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay.

The Reds have one of the strongest starting XIs in the Premier League and now have an exceptional amount of depth thanks to years of steady squad management.

Numbers subject to change before end of transfer window

1) Alisson Becker
2) Joe Gomez
3) Fabinho
4) Virgil van Dijk
5) Ibrahima Konate
6) Thiago Alcantara
7) James Milner (VC)
8) Naby Keita
9) Roberto Firmino
11) Mohamed Salah
13) Adrian
14) Jordan Henderson (C)
15) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
17) Curtis Jones
19) Harvey Elliott
20) Diogo Jota
21) Kostas Tsimikas
22) Calvin Ramsay
23) Luis Diaz
26) Andy Robertson
27) Darwin Nunez
28) Fabio Carvalho
32) Joel Matip
47) Nat Phillips
49) Kaide Gordon
52) Isaac Mabaya
54) Liam Hughes
62) Caoimhin Kelleher
66) Trent Alexander-Arnold
77) James Norris
78) Jarell Quansah
82) Max Woltman
86) Harvey Blair
94) Melkamu Frauendorf
95) Harvey Davies

Star player

We could probably make an excellent case for about seven or eight starting XI regulars here, but we’re going to go for the giant at the back that is Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutch colossus was imperious again last term after missing almost all of the 2020/21 campaign with an ACL injury. Van Dijk is rarely beaten in the air and positions himself perfectly, snuffing out attacks consistently to give Liverpool the platform to attack relentlessly.

One to watch

Liverpool are blessed with a large array of talented youngsters, but the newest face on the scene is Fabio Carvalho, freshly arrived from Fulham.

The Portugal Under-21 international netted ten Championship goals last season and looked right at home during his cameo appearance in the Community Shield victory against Manchester City. There’s a lot of competition for places, but the early signs indicate Carvalho will get plenty of game time.

Home kit

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool’s home kit / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Away kit

Lbrahima Konate of Liverpool seen in action during the...

Ibrahima Konate in Liverpool’s away kit / SOPA Images/GettyImages

Liverpool went close in league and European action last season but had to settle for both domestic cups. This year, the aim will again be to challenge for the Premier League title.

They were pipped on the final day of last season, but with Darwin Nunez adding to their threatening forward line the hope is they can go one further this time around.

However, Manchester City remain title favourites and Jurgen Klopp’s Reds may have to settle for second place again.

Liverpool Premier League prediction – 2nd

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