Brendan Rodgers will hope that Liverpool’s friendly defeat to Celtic is the nadir of what is proving to be a testing summertime. The Ulsterman will now wish to look forward to the impending Premier League season and anticipate that the worst is behind him and his club.
However, in the immortal words of Chief Clancy Wiggum, “This is going to get worse before it gets better.”
The eternal debacle and controversy surrounding the future of Luis Suarez may or may not be solved by the time the transfer window closes. If he stays, Rodgers will need to put all of his diplomacy skills to the test in order to appease this toxic influence.
If he departs, the Northern Irish boss will need to meld together a side sans their top star and primary threat—judging on the evidence provided during their defeat to Celtic at the Aviva Stadium, this may be quite a job.
This article profiles five Liverpool players Rodgers will need to stand up and be counted on over the coming weeks and months. Without a serious contribution from the ensuing names, it risks being a difficult season for everyone at Anfield.