It hasn’t been the calmest of build ups to the Premier League season for Liverpool.

First of all this summer, the Reds were reported to the FA over alleged illegal approaches to Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, while top Liverpool transfer target Naby Keïta seems to be staying at RB Leipzig.

What’s more, the day before their season starts with an away trip to Watford, the question marks over Philippe Coutinho and his future have gone into overdrive.

It looked like he was set to stay after Fenway Sports Group released a statement saying so, before he handed in a transfer request.

Coutinho is out of contention anyway, with a back injury, so at least that hasn’t cause a selection problem for Jürgen Klopp.

The front three should be the attack that will scare many defences this season, with new signing Mohamed Salah likely to make his debut on the right, with Sadio Mané on the left and Roberto Firmino down the middle.

As well as Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Nathaniel Clyne will all miss out through injury, which will give Trent Alexander-Arnold a chance to impress at right-back.

James Milner was a surprise success at left-back last season, but he’ll face competition for that role this time, with Alberto Moreno coming into the campaign on the back of a good pre-season and Andrew Robertson arriving from Hull City.

Captain Jordan Henderson will return to the squad and will surely start having sat out last weekend’s final pre-season friendly against Athletic Club due to illness.

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