Liverpool fan previews 2018/19 season: strongest XI, top-4 prediction
Steph Jones delivers his view
"It’d be impossible not to be impatient for this season, it’s the most anticipated and exciting start for some time. We didn’t get number six in Kiev, but last season ended on a high and the signings look brilliant. So buoyant yes, optimistic and confident yes, presumptuous no."
Key men/weak links: "The front three – Salah, Mané and Firmino – obviously. Van Dijk and Lovren will be helped massively with a proven, world-class keeper behind them. Keïta and Fabinho have looked ace in pre-season, so fingers crossed. And a year on, I’m still hoping Sturridge will make a comeback. Perhaps another central defender would be good, but I’m happy with what we’ve got."
Headline maker: "The manager for what he says and his touchline antics; Salah and endless comparisons to last season; and Mourinho, who seems to have plenty to say about us."
First-choice XI (4-2-3-1): "Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho; Mané, Keïta, Firmino; Salah."
Predictions: "We will finish: 1st. Top four: 1. Liverpool 2. Man City 3. Chelsea 4. Man Utd. Bottom three: 18. Southampton 19. Bournemouth 20. Cardiff. Promoted: Stoke, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough. First manager sacked: Neil Warnock (Cardiff)."
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