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  • Position Last Year – 8th
  • League odds – 34 (Betfred)
  • FA Cup odds –11 (BetVictor)
  • League Cup odds – 10 (BlueSquare)

Who’s in who’s out
  • In – Joe Allen, Fabio Borini
  • Out – Craig Bellamy, Alberto Aquilani, Fabio Aurelio, Dirk Kuyt

Does that mean they’ve improved?
Well yes and no. There’s still much uncertainty at Anfield, Rogers seems keen to put a price tag on everyone and everything in a bid to raise the funds he needs to mould a team in his image.

After the funds that were spanked last season were converted into a League Cup it’s understandable that the board have been a little tighter with the purse strings this year. The squad has been thinned of some big names, and with a Europa league campaign in the schedule as well it may seem bald when injuries and suspensions start racking up.

The title can be ruled out, and the Champions League is almost as pie in the sky. Rogers main task is to bring some respectability back to Liverpool in the manner they perform on and off the pitch this year. The mission isn’t helped by their primary sponsor being fined multiple millions for dealing with Iran, unless you happen to be Iranian in which case you might like to buy a shirt to say thanks.

Turning Anfield into a destination to be feared again would also be a help as they’ve had a nasty habit of turning three point home bankers into one or no points in the last few years.

Where will they finish this year – 7th
Going, slowly, in the right direction and hoping beyond hope to be the best team in the city they’re named for come the end of the season.

Player worth watching
We could be cruel and say Downing to find out why he’s worth £20m and whatever he gets paid a week, or Adam to see how a professional sportsman can be so portly, but we’ll go with Allen. How this youngster performs in the heart of the Liverpool midfield will go a long way to determining how Liverpool perform this season:

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Who would they want back?
Either they were unlucky to hit the post so many times last season, or it was down to woeful finishing. Not wishing to take anything for granted we think bring back a finisher so clinical the people of Mersey (those wearing red at least) called him God. He really was that good. And Ruddock for some half time team talks.

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