Can Liverpool really mount a challenge for the Premier League title this season

Roberto Firmino

A lot of this summers transfer talk regarding Liverpool has surrounded Raheem Sterling, but among the will he stay or will he go talk, Brendan Rodgers has been quietly rebuilding his squad.

Rodgers has been one of the most active managers in the transfer window so far, after completing the services of Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino talking the tally of signings up to five.

Firmino joins Danny Ings, James Milner, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez as Rodgers and company look to build on what was a rather disappointing season last time out.

The Brazilian, who will join up with the Reds once he is finished on international duty at the Copa America has already been hailed as Liverpool’s saviour for next season.

But are the Red side of Merseyside jumping the gun a bit on a player they know very little about?

We know that Liverpool losing Steven Gerrard was a huge blow for the Reds, especially after Liverpool’s Capitan Marvel came so close to tasting Premier League gold two seasons ago.

So the question on everyone’s lips is can this new look Anfield side really compete against the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Man United for the title next season.

Obviously we won’t be able to answer that question properly until the season has kicked off, but I think they will be relying heavily of a fit again Daniel Sturridge.

And as good as he was at Burnley, I cannot see Danny Ings being that prolific at Liverpool (just look at what happened to Ricky Lambert).

Danny Ings celebrating one of his 38 goals while at Burnley

Danny Ings celebrating one of his 38 goals while at Burnley

The difference maker will be how they perform in their opening five games.

In particular the two away trips to Arsenal and Manchester United.

If Rodgers side can come away with at least four points from these two games and pick up seven from the other three they will be well on their way to proving their critics wrong.

So where will Liverpool end the season. Just An Insight  predicts a fifth place finish for the Reds.

I can’t see anyone getting close to Chelsea again this season, the only team who could break the mould would be Arsenal but as it stands I think we are looking at the same old top three battling it out for the top prize in English Football  .

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