Liverpool Ready To Kick Off Pre-Season
The mood inside the Liverpool camp is one of hope and optimism, as they prepare for their opening game of pre-season against Juventus. After the 4th placed finish of last season, Liverpool are playing the Champions league this season, and manager Hamann sees the Juventus tie as an ideal opportunity to measure how his side will play against Europe's top sides.
With England knocked out of the World Cup at the semi-finals, players such as Gerrard, Henderson, Sturridge and Sterling will return to the Liverpool camp early, and will be keen to impress, given the introduction of some high-profile players in the summer.
New Left Back Domenico Criscito missed out on Italy's World Cup squad, and will be determined not to miss out on any further international opportunities, and is sure to work hard to cement a place in the Italy squad for the European Championship Qualifiers, and the tournament itself in 2016.
German striker Kevin Volland will also be keen to force his way into the international set-up, and will be pushing Sturridge, Suarez and Borini all the way in the bid for starting positions.
Volland moved to Anfield in the summer, after a season where he managed 3 goals and 8 assists for Hoffenheim, in 34 appearances. At only 21, Volland has plenty of time to grow at Liverpool, and working with Suarez and Sturridge is bound to improve his game.
Vlad Chiriches, signed from league rivals Spurs, joins the Liverpool backline which was already so strong last season, after joining in a deal woth £10.5 million. Chiriches only made 19 appearances for Spurs last season, scoring 3 goals, and Hamann clearly saw enough in those performances to make him part of the Anfield setup.