It will almost feel like a fresh start for Liverpool as the new manager Brendan Rodgers takes over from Kenny Dalglish. The owners have made it clear that Rodgers was appointed as manager for the long-term and he will be using his style of football that he used at Swansea last season.
In pre-season, Liverpool traveled to America to play Toronto FC, AS Roma and Tottenham, a team that Liverpool will be challenging for Europe this year. In Liverpool's friendlies you could see the type of football Rodgers was trying to play with the two centre backs dropping deep and splitting apart when Liverpool had the ball and the full backs playing an advanced role to support the midfield. Also, you could see that Liverpool were more patient on the ball and played simple passes more often instead of trying a long ball to one of the front three. The current Liverpool side spent alot of time in America adapting to the brand of football Brendan Rodgers wanted to play. In their friendlies, Liverpool drew 1-1 with Toronto FC (who are still playing their MLS season) in a game where Brendan Rodgers used two different line-ups for each half. Liverpool then went on to lose 2-1 to a strong AS Roma side that will do well in the Serie A this season and finally Liverpool drew 0-0 with Tottenham. Liverpool also beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield.
For the coming season I think Liverpool will be fighting for 4th place, a Champions League qualifier place. With new signings Fabio Borini and Joe Allen adding some quality to a team that already has the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, Liverpool will have a good chance this season.