LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield on May 8, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

How Liverpool Could Line Up on the Opening Day of 2016/17

​The 2016/17 season will see Jurgen Klopp lead Liverpool ahead of his first full season in charge, in the full knowledge that his team are more than capable of rivalling the established teams for the title. 


The German is expected to make some changes to the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers in order to help the club progress. Here is how the red half of Merseyside could line-up on the opening day of next season.

11. Goalkeeper - Timo Horn

​Simon Mignolet's position between the posts has come under heavy scrutiny for some time now and there rarely seems to be an extended period of time when the Belgian's exploits are not ridiculed, so it is likely that Klopp will seek a replacement in the summer. 


Timo Horn could be the ideal solution to this issue. The 22-year-old FC Cologne man has been an ever-present in the Bundesliga this season, helping his side secure survival and enhancing his reputation as one of the finest young shot-stoppers in world football. 


The German would not necessarily break the bank either and would be a wise investment for Liverpool, one who could carry the goalkeeping baton for many years to come.

10. Right-Back - Nathaniel Clyne

​Nathaniel Clyne's performance at Liverpool this season has been steady if unremarkable. 


The former Crystal Palace and Southampton man has been a fairly dominating force down the right and he will surely retain his position for the foreseeable future, despite the return of Jon Flanagan.

9. Centre-Back - Dejan Lovren

One of Klopp's biggest success stories during his short reign has to be Dejan Lovren's improvement. 


The Croatian was almost a laughing stock this time last year, but has evolved into a very competent defender, producing his finest 90 minutes for the club in the 3-0 win over Villarreal.

8. Centre-Back - Joel Matip

Schalke 04 defender Joel Matip is already Liverpool-bound after agreeing a free transfer deal earlier on in the campaign. Klopp is renowned for being a huge fan of the Cameroonian defender and this view is more than justified. 


Matip's mobility, willingness to press and calmness on the ball are all traits which compliment the Liverpool manager's style. 


This acquisition could prove hugely beneficial to the Reds and will provide the perfect remedy if Mamadou Sakho is to be ruled out for an extended period of time due to his fondness of diet pills. 


Matip will also remove any need for Klopp to use Martin Skrtel, a prospect which terrifies most Liverpool fans these days.

7. Left-Back - Jonas Hector

Klopp has made it abundantly clear on many occasions that he is not the biggest fan of Alberto Moreno. The Spaniard is perhaps one of the most erratic players on English shores and his lack of discipline regularly has his manager directing angry gestures towards him. 


A suitable replacement could come in the form of Jonas Hector, with the German national left-back having enjoyed a splendid season in the Bundesliga this year. 


Another player from FC Cologne, the 25-year-old is far from the most adventurous of defenders, but his astute defensive attributes and discipline could be exactly what Liverpool need if they are to progress as a club.

6. Centre-Midfield - Emre Can

Emre Can is one of Klopp's favourites, not just because he is German, but because the midfielder epitomises his manager's style. 


The 22-year-old has made the centre of the park his own at times this season and this will no doubt continue in 2016/17.

5. Centre-Midfield - Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson, the Geordie club captain and natural heir to Steven Gerrard is slowly fulfilling his promise. If fully fit, no one is removing the former Sunderland man from his post and rightly so. 


The Englishman is vital to Liverpool's midfield and will continue to be in 2016/17.

4. Right-Midfield - Andriy Yarmolenko

​At times this season, Liverpool's more attack-minded midfield department has been far too narrow. The lack of width has become an issue in certain games and it is something which needs to be remedied sooner rather than later. 


Andriy Yarmolenko could be exactly what Klopp needs and the Ukrainian has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for some time now. 


The Dynamo Kiev man has forged a reputation in his native land for torturing full-backs with his pace and trickery while also contributing heavily with goals - he has 13 in the league this season. 


A player who could really help Liverpool stretch games and add a new dimension to their attack, one which will help ease the congestion in the middle of the park.

3. Attacking-Midfield - Roberto Firmino

​Roberto Firmino's adjustment to Premier League life in 2016 has been astounding. With every passing week the Brazillian seems to contibute heavily, with ten goals and seven assists in the league this season. 


A real threat offensively, the former Hoffenheim man will no doubt make the central creative role his own in 2016/17.

2. Left-Midfield - Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho, the man for the spectacular and serial long distance shooter has become a cult icon at Liverpool. 


The mercurial Brazillian has the ability to change games and will continue to resume his role as one of Liverpool's most prominent offensive threats.

1. Striker - Divock Origi

​Divock Origi when he was fit usurped Daniel Sturridge to the striking throne at Liverpool and on his return from injury, the same can be expected. 


The young Belgian's pace, strength and ball retention compliment Klopp's side perfectly and he is the ideal candidate to be the focal point of attack. The less said about compatriot Christian Benteke the better.