Liverpool have had a busy transfer season to say the least, signing a number of high-priced yet talented players across the board to bolster their squad.
Now almost completely bereft of Rafa Benitez's impact transfer signings, save for a select few players such as Dirk Kuyt, Liverpool have taken an approach to the season that will return the team to their previous glory.
Despite the prohibitive transfer fees that many of the players commanded, the signings of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique, Charlie Adam and Sebastian Coates are exactly the types of signings that will benefit Liverpool in the present and future.
Liverpool now possess enviable squad depth, and coupled with the absence of European football to worry about, the squad should be very fresh for all their Premier League matches.
Seven points out of the first nine is certainly an acceptable output for the still-gelling squad.
Liverpool are now able to bring two of Luis Suarez, who is a given to be on the first team when healthy and fit, Andy Carroll, Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy off the bench for any given match, meaning there is an almost certain upgrade from the likes of David N'gog last year.
In the last match vs. Bolton, Adam and Henderson were particularly inspiring and, perhaps as importantly, so was Lucas.
In the aftermath of the confusing sale of Raul Meireles, who was one of Liverpool's best players last year and even contributed as recently as in the 2-0 victory over Arsenal, it is imperative that Adam, Henderson and Lucas step up to take his place on the field.
This leaves the interesting situation that will arise when captain Steven Gerrard is fully fit, as there appears to be no room for him in the first team—especially when Henderson and Adam are performing so well in the center of the field.
Kenny Dalglish has been excellent in managing this squad so far, but he may soon be facing the two biggest issues that will have arisen in his tenure to date: the Gerrard conundrum and, equally important, what to do with the struggling Andy Carroll.
Suarez has been in imperious form ever since arriving at Anfield in January, but Carroll has taken to life at Liverpool less impressively since then, and has so far failed to justify the €35 million price tag that looms over his every action on Merseyside.
Bellamy is unlikely to usurp Carroll in Dalglish's pecking order, but Dirk Kuyt has established a better connection with Suarez so far and will continue to play in the first team until Carroll proves he can effectively play with Suarez.
All in all, the competition for the first-team places up front can only benefit the side.
Finally, the defense has been given a lift by Enrique's arrival from Newcastle. The Spanish left-back possesses the type of energy and attacking ability that a club like Liverpool need, and can potentially form a devastating combination if Glen Johnson can find his form on the opposite wing.
The new signings financed by John Henry's billions have already established themselves in Liverpool's squad, and with a little more experience playing together, can justify the €65.2 million spent on them (according to a Goal.com article) by bringing the team back to the promised land of the European Champions League.
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