ESPN – Emre Can providing glimpse of possibilities for Liverpool

Former Liverpool great Steve Nicol breaks down how he wants Liverpool to look on opening day against Stoke City. This is proving to be a difficult summer for Liverpool fans. James Milner is a fine player and a dedicated professional, but rather lacks the stardust that Liverpool supporters had hoped would be sprinkled over their club's transfer policy. Danny Ings is a competent young striker, energetic and enthusiastic, but he is not Luis Suarez and frankly, he never will be. Adam Bogdan is a fine back-up goalkeeper, but only the sort of people who type in capital letters ever get excited by new back-up goalkeepers….

ESPN – Brendan Rodgers faces nightmare start as Liverpool dealt fixtures blow

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says the club must finish in the Champions League this season. The new Premier League fixtures are as bad as it could possibly be for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. They face trips to Stoke City, Manchester United and Arsenal in the opening five and have the seven toughest away matches on the calendar all to come before the end of November. No wonder the Northern Irishman is among the favourites to be the first manager sacked. PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB-BY-CLUB FIXTURES 2015-16 AFC Bournemouth | Arsenal | Aston Villa | Chelsea Crystal Palace | Everton | Leicester City | Liverpool Manchester City | Manchester United | Newcastle United Norwich City | Southampton | Stoke City | Sunderland Swansea City | Tottenham Hotspur | Watford West Bromwich Albion | West Ham United Confidence and expectation among the supporters may be at an all-time low right now. There is little or no optimism in the red half…