Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez
These two forwards have been grouped together as we saw a lot of their talents last season, albeit not as often as observers would have liked.
Gakpo perhaps looked more comfortable in the starting XI than Nunez, but the flashes of brilliance from the Uruguayan were a tantalizing taste of what’s to come.
However, it’s the chemistry between Gakpo and Nunez that will be the most exciting thing to watch in preseason. They may be split up at times to make sure all players get a run out, but should they be on the pitch at the same time, we’ll get a glimpse of their growing understanding in a lower-stakes situation, and hopefully some signs of telepathy.
Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai
Another pair grouped together simply because they are new signings, and we can’t wait to see Mac Allister and Szoboszlai in red.
Mac Allister had the best season of his career during the last campaign, helping Brighton & Hove Albion to a remarkable sixth-place finish in the Premier League—earning the Seagulls their first appearance in European competition—and scoring 10 and assisting two along the way.
Oh, and he also won the World Cup alongside Lionel Messi as a key part of Argentina’s team.
Szoboszlai, meanwhile, has been turning heads for a few years as perhaps the most exciting Hungarian player of a generation. He scored 10 and provided 13 assists in all competitions for Red Bull Leipzig last year, and his power from midfield and precision from the dead ball will be welcome additions to a Liverpool midfield in desperate need of new blood.
Seeing these two put on the red shirt for the first time is arguably what most fans will be tuning in to see as the midfield regeneration begins.