The phoney war is over, the real stuff starts on Sunday, but before then there’s the little matter of transfer deadline day to get through. So to talk the last day of the window, and look back on pre-season and look ahead to the new campaign, Liverpool season-ticket holders Sean Bradbury, Dan Kay and Paul Philbin join host Paul Wheelock for our latest View from the Kop podcast.
The Reds have impressed both on and off the pitch during the summer in a manner that Sean, Dan and Paul Philbin believe befits a big club. Indeed, apart from the pursuit of a certain Lyon midfielder, the trio struggle to think of any major dramas since the Champions League final. Dan is a little concerned, though, that a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.
However, the mood is overwhelmingly positive, with all three praising the 17-year-old Scouser who has played his way into Klopp’s plans, and the less heralded new signing who Paul reckons could have an impact similar to Yossi Benayoun.
Sean, Dan and Paul are relaxed about transfer deadline day and reckon that whatever happens between now and 5pm on Thursday, Liverpool will have done the best business of any of the top six. So will that lead to a first league title since 1990? Dan is very confident and Paul believes, although Sean wonders whether Manchester City will prove just too strong again. That said they all three agree that pre-season has proved the Reds have a key factor in their favour when it comes to toppling Pep Guardiola’s men.