Liverpool legend, Steve McManaman, has said that he fully expects his former club to dominate their opening match of the 2014/15 season against Southampton tomorrow. The reds are looking to build on an impressive 2nd place finish last term and even with the loss of talisman, Luis Suarez, the man known simply as Macca during his time at Anfield says that the seven or eight new signings will more than fill the gap.
“Like most Liverpool fans, I’ve been really impressed by the business they’ve done,” the 42-year-old told the Liverpool Echo.
“It has made the squad a whole lot stronger and that’s vital in order to cope with competing on four fronts.
“The manager had already targeted players and the club went out and got them. He has brought in experienced Premier League players like [Rickie] Lambert, [Adam] Lallana and [Dejan] Lovren.
“Hopefully Lovren will prove to be a leader at the back. He was under the radar at times at Southampton but now he’s at a club where the pressure is really on.
“We’ve also seen young talent come in from abroad like [Lazar] Markovic and [Javier] Manquillo. They will need to adapt and settle in but Brendan will nurture them.
“He needed a significant number to bolster the squad and he has done that. He still has two weeks to improve it further.”
Many of those new players will not feature against the Saints with Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana both recovering from injury while new Spanish Left Back, Alberto Moreno, only joined up with the squad on Friday and will more than likely sit this one out. But Liverpool head in to their first game full of confidence after an impressive series of pre season performances and McManaman for one thinks the result is a foregone conclusion.
“I think Liverpool are playing them at the right time. They’re going into it on a high after the performance against Dortmund and the crowd will be absolutely rocking.
“Liverpool have to be big favourites. I fully expect them to dominate the game and be too strong for them. It’s so important you get off the mark with three points and it’s a great chance for Liverpool to do that.
“They have looked very sharp in pre-season and the main target this season has to be finishing in the top four. If Liverpool achieve that, it will have been another great season.”
The red army don’t have the best record for winning on the opening day of the season having only won one of the last five, but that win did come last season against Stoke City and I fully expect that winning run to continue at Anfield this weekend.