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5 Key Stars Who Will Have A Big Say In Liverpool’s Season This Time Around

The departure of Luis Suarez in the summer caught headlines all across the world setting Liverpool a step back after all the hard work of the previous season. However, that is sport – you lose some, you win some. Brendan Rodgers and all of the management at Liverpool have done a stellar job in assembling a squad capable of fighting for top honours across all competitions over the transfer window.

The departure of a player of the magnitude of Luis Suarez left behind a massive void in the Liverpool side but as Rodgers has stressed all summer it’s a team game and his team are capable of dealing with Suarez’ loss.

Here’s a look at 5 Key Men who will have a big part to play in Liverpool’s campaign this time around:-

5. Daniel Sturridge

The 25 year old English striker spent most of last season under the shadow of the effervescent Luis Suarez. Despite forging the much talked about SAS partnership with the Uruguayan, Sturridge was seen as the junior partner across the footballing world. However, the 2nd highest goal scorer of last season behind Suarez has the opportunity to step into the lime-light and fill in the void left behind by Luis Suarez. Pace and precision – two of Sturridge’s attributes that make him one of the most feared strikers in England. His nifty footwork and deadly left foot will have a lot to say in how the Reds fare this season.

4. Raheem Sterling

It’s no coincidence that Raheem Sterling has 63 Liverpool caps to his name and 9 international appearances to his name before his 20th birthday. Such is the level of expectations from the young English attacker that he has been thrust into the big-time by club and country at the tender age of 18. Fearless and robust in every attack, young Sterling is ready to take on the kicks and scuffles that he’ll have to take on as he makes his way to attain his boundless potential. Lightning quick on and off the ball, Sterling’s work-rate, vision and composure are almost veteran-like at 19. The little kid harbours Liverpool fans hopes for the long haul and this might be his ground-breaking season.

3 Jordan Henderson

Jordan Brian Henderson has come miles from the youngster who left Sunderland for Liverpool 3 seasons ago. One of the most hard-working players in the English Premier League, Henderson is a vital cog of the Liverpool juggernaut that enthralled audiences around the world in the latter part of last season. 24 year old Henderson will have to also step in and lead the Liverpool midfield on occasions when skipper Stevie Gerrard will require to cool his heels. Looking to add more goals to his name this season, Henderson’s boundless energy will have a lot to say where Liverpool finish this season.

2. Dejan Lovren

The 20 million signing of Dejan Lovren from Southampton was a direct indication of Rodgers’ to plug the leaky Liverpool defence of last season. A leader by nature, Lovren is expected to slot straight into the heart of the Liverpool defence. A proper modern centre half – Lovren is calm in possession and uncompromising in a tackle. A front foot defender, Lovren will be expected to lead the Reds back-four this season.

1. Mario Balotelli

The controversial Italian striker swapped the San Siro for Anfield this summer as Liverpool wrapped up a bargain 16 million deal for the former Manchester City star a week before the deadline. With Sturridge being horribly injury prone, on many occasions the mantle of leading the line for the Reds might fall to Balotelli. While the talent and ability has never been in question with Balotelli, it will be interesting to see how Rodgers’ deal with the maverick Italian striker with documented temperamental and behavioural issues. 

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