Why Owner John Henry Is Right to Expect Liverpool's 'Explosive' Attack to Remain

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentJuly 25, 2014

Liverpool's owner John William Henry II takes his place in the stands before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Despite losing Luis Suarez this summer, Liverpool owner John Henry believes the Reds will continue the "explosive offense" they showed last season when the new campaign gets underway next month, as per Hamish Mackay of the Daily Mail.

Liverpool soared to a second-place Premier League finish, mounting a very credible title bid and brushing teams aside with their pulsating blend of attacking football.

From kick-off to full-time, Brendan Rodgers' side punished teams with sweeping forward movements, giving defenders a torrid time with attack after relentless attack.

That team was built around Suarez. The Uruguayan would be given a free role in between midfield and attack, supported by runs from Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge up ahead and the creativity of Philippe Coutinho sitting a little deeper.

Whatever way you look at it, or however important his teammates' roles were, the focal point of every attacking formation was Suarez.


New Signings

Rodgers has spoken this summer about bringing in players who will add goals to the team. At its very basic level, Liverpool will look to recover at least the 31 goals Suarez gave the Reds last season.

He told the club's official website:

We want to improve and continually improve. We’re working very hard behind the scenes, as we always do, in terms of getting the best quality players into the club.

It’s looking at the players that can come in and add the goals and add to our game. That’s something that we will always look to continue to do at the club.

In have come England pair Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, Serbian winger-cum-forward Lazar Markovic and French international striker Loic Remy is set to follow suit, as per James Dickenson of the Daily Express.

Fabio Borini has returned to the club from his season-long loan spell at Sunderland, and Liverpool suddenly look to have attacking options in abundance.

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Whilst Suarez may be irreplaceable, Rodgers is adapting his system to provide more options for an increased number of games, what with Liverpool's Champions League participation in 2014-15.

Time will tell to see if Rodgers' new-look Liverpool will pivot around one individual, with both Sterling and Sturridge great candidates for that role, but the Northern Irishman is building a squad with interchangeable personnel and fierce, healthy competition for places.

The signs are all positive, and Liverpool fans may only expect a development of the exciting attacking football they witnessed last season with so many new faces being brought in.



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Rodgers will be wary of maintaining balance to his side, however, something he has worked hard on during his first two years at Liverpool.

Whilst Liverpool looked to Suarez for his undeniable contributions to games—the 27-year-old created 87 goalscoring chances last season on top of his goalscoring tally, according to Squawka—the Reds were far from over-reliant on his services.

Sterling matured to find his confident runs from midfield complemented Liverpool's style wonderfully, Coutinho had sparks of magic at the right moments, and Sturridge's 24 goals in all competitions would have been celebrated much more had it not been eclipsed by Suarez's feat.

There is much more to Liverpool's formidable pressing attacks than just one player. It's a team effort, and behind Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge and the new additions to the squad, Jordan Henderson's link between midfield and attack will be further utilised this new season.

Henry's expectations of more "explosive" football at Liverpool are very much a reality waiting to resume.