Liverpool will be competing across four fronts for the 2017/18 season and are preparing for the extra football and Jordan Henderson feels that competition within the training camp is only a good thing.
Domestic football was all that Liverpool had to contend with last season and even then, the Reds struggled in the FA Cup, were poor in the EFL Cup semi-final and went through large stretches during the Premier League when it looked as though Jürgen Klopp hadn’t quite cracked it with this Liverpool side.
In hindsight, all most every single one of Liverpool’s issues last season could have been solved with a deeper squad.
Although the Reds have only signed Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson, the signs are encouraging heading into the new season with it looking unlikely that last season’s issues will crop back up.
Players like Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez have returned to fitness and bolster the squad with their presence.
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And Liverpool’s skipper believes that the competition for places within the squad is encouraging ahead of the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Hendo said: “There are a lot of good players in this squad but you need that when you are going into a big season with a lot of games, hopefully.
“You need that competition and people fighting, but as the manager keeps saying: it’s not about the people that play and start the game, it’s about the whole squad.
“Whether you are on the bench or in the squad for the game, it’s the whole squad that makes the big difference throughout the season if you can stay together as a group.
“It is difficult if you are not playing for whatever reason [but] it’s up to us to make sure that [sticking together] happens.”
This will be the case more than ever if Liverpool land their primary transfer targets in Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keïta with the likes of Dejan Lovren set to drop to the bench to bolster the squad’s depth.
The 2017/18 season is one of the utmost importance to Liverpool with Champions League football odds on to return to Anfield. With it being Jürgen Klopp’s second full campaign in charge on Merseyside, the German will also be fully aware that he’ll be under the microscope.
Liverpool play Hertha Berlin this weekend in Germany before taking on Bayern Munich next week as part of the Audi Cup.