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Liverpool’s line-up jigsaw puzzle solved following player influx

| 30.07.2014

Even though Liverpool�s boss is insisting the Premier League runners-up are not �doing a Tottenham� with the Luis Suarez loot, the fact that the Northern Irishman has now sanctioned six separate transfers begs the question; are you sure Brendan?

No doubt Rodgers has a master-plan for the 10/1 title shots, as he looks to accommodate some of the fresh faces into his first XI.

With newest signing Divock Origi waiting until next season at the earliest to become a fully-fledged Red, that makes life slightly easier, though transfer rumours still strongly link Liverpool to bringing in one more striker.

Until that materialises or otherwise, here�s our news.Ladbrokes take on how Liverpool are likely to line up against Southampton on day one of the new season.


Between the sticks Simon Mignolet will be looking to fully justify his hefty price tag while Glen Johnson should retain his right-back slot.

Although signing a new left-back had looked a priority during the transfer window, none have emerged meaning fit-again Jose Enrique should slot back in.

New �20m signing Dejan Lovren will in theory be paired off with left-sided France World Cup star Mamadou Sakho, in a central-defensive partnership worth just shy of the �40m mark.

It’s highly likely Daniel Agger will have left the club by then, meaning Martin Skrtel could well miss out in the reshuffle.

Then it gets a little complicated, but new signing Emre Can will have to be patient as Steven Gerrard will retain his deep-lying role, leaving a vastly improved Jordan Henderson to carry out his industrious work in the engine room.

In front of him Brazilian schemer Philippe Coutinho gets licence to work his magic from the number 10 role.

Given the injury to �25m man Adam Lallana, fellow newbie Lazar Markovic gets the left-forward gig while England winger Raheem Sterling should start off the right, with licence to roam.

That leaves Daniel Sturridge to lead the line, with Rickie Lambert almost certain to be kept on the bench as an impact sub.

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Christian Crowther

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