The Reds, who beat rivals Manchester City in the curtain-raising Community Shield last weekend, travel to newly-promoted Fulham for their first Premier League game of the season.
How many teams can claim to be better despite losing players who scored a total of 39 goals?
Liverpool may have raised a few eyebrows when they approved Sadio Mane’s departure this summer. Mane, a prominent figure in recent years, made a significant contribution last season, scoring 23 goals across all competitions.
Only Mo Salah had more goals than the Senegalese international. But Jurgen Klopp was content to let Sadio Mane leave for Bayern Munich as he continues to reshape the Liverpool squad.
Similarly, Takumi Minamino may not have played much in the Premier League, but he still scored double figures in all competitions last season. His sale to Monaco was less surprising, but it still depleted the ranks.
Divock Origi’s departure was expected given his contract was about to expire, but the Belgian cult hero still scored six goals last season before joining AC Milan.
Add it all up and you have three players who have made significant contributions to the Reds’ scoring charts not only this season but throughout their time at the club.
Of course, the Reds’ roster still contains a staggering amount of talent. Salah recently signed a lucrative new contract and shows no signs of slowing down. Diogo Jota has also proven to be an important addition since joining from Wolves, and Luis Diaz is expected to benefit from a full pre-season after starring since his January arrival.
Let’s not forget about Roberto Firmino. The veteran Brazilian is no longer a sure starter, but he still contributes significantly to the team and was another to reach double figures last season.
Jurgen Klopp sanctioned Sadio Mane’s exit to Bayern Munich earlier this summer
And don’t forget about the brand new additions to the mix. Darwin Nunez arrives with a big reputation and a big transfer fee. However, the early signs are encouraging.
Add in Fabio Carvalho, who dazzled for Fulham on their way to the Championship title last season, and Liverpool suddenly have a plethora of attacking options. Despite the aforementioned loss of nearly 40 goals, you could argue they are even stronger than last season.
Klopp, preparing his team for Saturday’s Premier League opener at Fulham, gave few hints as to whether Nunez will start.
Given the raft of options, it could be sometime before he works out his strongest side.
Klopp said: “Darwin is ready. Does that mean he has to start? I don’t know. It’s not about that.
“We obviously have still different options and that’s what we’ll use, and Darwin needs time to get used to a lot of things but he is already a real help. He had already an impact, he scored in the first final (Community Shield) we could play, so that’s fine.
“And the work will not stop here. He is in the best possible place.”