Liverpool took the title race down to the final day of the season last season but they now have a clean slate in front of them and a fresh campaign in which they need to challenge.
There is no talk of being happy with a top-four finish anymore; this club and their fans demand more and that means another tilt at the Premier League title.
Standing in their way again are Manchester City and, although much of the focus will be around the star players on each team, from a Liverpool perspective, it may be the depth players they have that need to come to the fore if they are to put up a stronger challenge this time around.
It is expected that City and Liverpool will battle it out once again for the title, with the others left behind as they have failed to really put together any meaningful improvements to challenge the top two. The latest Premier League betting has Liverpool at 13/5 behind City, who are priced up as the 1/2 favourites to land another championship.
Whenever Manchester City play a Premier League game, you will see a number of star players on their bench that can be brought on if needed to change things up. No other team can really match that and, while Liverpool can’t match it in terms of the names they have, what they can do is get as much as possible from their squad players when they are leaned upon.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missing much of last season through injury, he will feel like a new signing to the club, and he is certainly a player that can help out. Another player who may be asked to contribute is youngster Harry Wilson, who scored a total of 18 goals for Derby last season playing in the second tier.
Those two have been at the club for a while so they understand what is expected from players there but, as they haven’t really played any part in the first eleven between them, they will feel like new additions and new options for boss Jurgen Klopp to utilise.
On top of having these two, Klopp will be hoping to see a little more from two further attacking players who did see the field last season. Divock Origi popped up with a couple of important goals for the club towards the end of the season, including a crucial winner against Newcastle but, prior to that, he did very little. If he can rediscover his end of season form, then Liverpool will have a legitimate goal-scoring threat on the bench that they can use as and when needed, with the option of starting him if they wish to rest one of their regulars.
The other player is Xherdan Shaqiri, who did play his part with six goals and three assists in the Premier League from his opportunities last season, but Liverpool need a player like him to do even more if they are to overtake Manchester City and claim the Premier League title.
While the names Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilson, Origi and Shaqiri may not strike fear into the hearts of Premier League defenders, it is these players that may decide just how close Liverpool go to winning the Premier League title this season.