This will be a huge season for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
Liverpool achieved their main aim of the campaign, which was to secure a top four finish and bring the Champions League back to Anfield.
It was an incredible achievement for Klopp, especially given the quality of opponents and managers in the top six.
This was also another season of what could have been at Liverpool, with the Reds well placed at the halfway point to challenge for further honours.
They will find this season a tough challenge, with the return of European football they will have to build a strong squad capable of dealing with those demands.
Liverpool’s opening fixture of this brand new Premier League campaign is against Watford on Saturday 12th August, at Vicarage Road.
Their next four fixtures are:
Crystal Palace (H) 19th August
Arsenal (H) 27th August
Manchester City (A) 9th September
Burnley (H) 16th September
This will be a tough set of opening fixtures for the Reds, with games against Arsenal and Manchester City inside the first month.
Based on last season the troubles will be in the subsequent games against the likes of Palace, Watford and Burnley, all sides who beat them last year.
Their record against the top six last season was excellent, they didn’t lose a single game against top six opposition.
Liverpool managed 22 wins during their last campaign, ending the season with 76 points, a 1 point advantage between themselves and fifth placed Arsenal.
This was a massive improvement on the 2015/16 campaign, where they won 16 matches and registered just 60 points, finishing a lowly 8th.
As a result of finishing tenth, the Reds didn’t have to contend with European football unlike all of their rivals.
The big challenge for Liverpool and Klopp will be to maintain challenges on both fronts, an extremely difficult task.
It is a very tough balancing act that Klopp must now take, with Liverpool desperate to secure trophies.
Playing fixtures on a Tuesday or Wednesday and then playing on the Saturday or Sunday will place huge demands on the Liverpool players.
On paper, they have the weakest overall line up of the top six, and juggling the demands of European football will be a huge challenge for Klopp and his high pressing style.
If Liverpool are to compete on all fronts they will need to strengthen their squad, bringing in quality to enhance both the squad and first team.
They have already made two signings including Mohammed Salah and Andrew Robertson from Hull.
The future of Phillippe Coutinho is yet to be determined, with the Brazilian playmaker linked with Barcelona.
This would be a massive loss for Liverpool, who regard Coutinho rightly as their most influential player.
Naby Keita of RB Leipzig is another who has been linked with Klopp’s side, with the Guinea midfielder a rising star.
Virgil Van Dijk is going to be the player of the window for Liverpool, the Reds desperately need a top class defender.
Transfers In: Andrew Robertson (Hull City) and Mohamed Salah (Roma)
Transfers Out: Ryan Fulton (Hamilton Academical), Lucas Leiva (Lazio), Kevin Stewart (Hull City) and Andre Wisdom (Derby County).
One To Watch
Mohammed Salah is the one to watch for Liverpool this season.
The Egyptian has huge boots to fill, especially if Coutinho leaves the club for Barcelona this summer.
His pace and style are electric, the Reds will be delighted to have secured his signature after an excellent season at Roma.
Liverpool will need his goals if they are to mount a serious title and European charge.
To win the 17/18 Premier League outright @ 7/4
A Top Four Finish @ 1/6
To win the UEFA Champions League 17/18 @ 12/1
To win the FA or League Cup @ 10/1