Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp reveals his Premier League favourites

Maybe a couple of more signings would be ideal for Liverpool.

Reaching the top four for a second successive season has to be the minimum target for Liverpool, regardless of the competition for those places in the Premier League.

Philippe Coutinho is one of the key players for Liverpool and would be very vital if they are to compete this season.

Edwards was clearly trying to impress Klopp by wrapping up the Van Dijk transfer in a competitive market that also featured competition from Chelsea and Manchester City, but his lack of experience in negotiating big money transfers has been cruelly exposed.

Watford's clash against Liverpool kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday August 12.

So what are the similarities to last season?

The Reds reached the Champions League Final that season and Benitez had understandably wanted to protect some of his star players.

A trip to Watford isn't the easiest of starts but Liverpool should still feel confident of victory, whether Coutinho is involved or not.

"When we finished last season in fourth everyone was really happy". But should they successfully get past the Bundesliga side, Liverpool will be seeded third in their group and fancy their chances of progressing.

Watford were utterly terrible that night but the result was far closer than it ought to have been.

"Last year against the top six they were excellent and in pre-season they were strong".

For the Reds, the whole of last summer consisted of continuous links to left-backs from all over the world, some with the quality to play for Liverpool and others, well, who could just play left-back.

Liverpool are unbeaten in pre-season, aside from losing on penalties in the Audi Cup against Atletico Madrid, and have looked sharp with some impressive performances against Crystal Palace and Leicester in the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, while wins over Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin and Athletic Bilbao have also been well received.

It's been a odd summer at Anfield, featuring tapping-up apologies (Virgil van Dijk), failed transfer pursuits (Naby Keita), only one first XI signing (Mohamed Salah), and Jurgen Klopp talking up the potential of Alberto Moreno at left-back and James Milner in central midfield.

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