It’s been three long months, too long isn’t it? Finally PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK! Three months of waiting, guessing, predicting, hoping and expecting finally boil down to this day, opening games of the 2012-2013 season!
Liverpool have been busy, incorporating new faces into the squad such as Allen and the surprise signing of Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi. Rumours are still flying about the loan signing of Nuri Sahin and potential move for Clint Dempsey, however there is still nothing concrete. The squad is shaping up well now with good cover in most positions.
Liverpool open this season with an away game against West Brom, now managed by Steve Clarke. Both teams have new managers and will be looking for the points, but I hope Steve is disappointed this time. This is the 12th time in the last 17 seasons where Liverpool have started their campaign away from home. Should Steven Gerrard captain the team on Saturday (as he will!), it will be his 250th game as captain in top flight!
No fresh injuries to worry Brendan Rodgers, so he will have a full squad to choose from for the first game. I would expect (and like) to see:
Johnson – Skrtel – Agger – Enrique
Lucas – Allen
Downing – Suarez
This team has a solid defence as proven last season, a great midfield engine, in both Lucas, who was sorely missed last season and Allen, excellent on the ball; it has the incisive passing and creativity of Gerrard and the movement and guile of the three frontmen. All in all, it would seem to be our strongest team. While hope always exists with Liverpool fans, something is different this time, there is also a sense of optimism and I guess we will find out in the first five games of the season, exactly where we lie. The opening game last season pretty much set the tone for the season, with Suarez missing a penalty, Downing hitting the bar and points being shared, so lets see what this season holds in store for us!