Concise News reports that Jurgen Klopp’s side went unbeaten at home throughout the entire league last season, with their sole loss coming to Manchester City (at the Etihad), who pipped them by one point to claim the title.
City, the bookmakers’ favourites again, will travel to West Ham in their opener on Saturday while Chelsea, with Frank Lampard in charge, will be travelling to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
European champions Liverpool are still eyeing their first Premier League title since 1990.
While other teams had so far invested heavily in the current transfer market, Klopp’s focus has been on his existing squad – a squad he believes is good enough to compete again this season.
“We invested in the team last season. We have the team, now let’s work with the team and see what we can do at the end of the season. New players are never the only solution.
“You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing transfers. That makes no sense, it’s not about that.
“If you sit back for a second and have a look at the squad, do we need more players?“ Klopp asked rhetorically.
According to the former Dortmund trainer, Sadio Mane is a doubt after returning late from international duty with Senegal.
However, by and large, Klopp has a full squad from which to choose from, including defender Joe Gomez, who believes “Fortress Anfield“ will again play a crucial part for Liverpool this season.
“The atmosphere they set makes it very difficult for people to come to Anfield.
“Hopefully it’s something we can continue. If we do that this year, I’m sure we’ll be in a good place,“ Gomez told newsmen.
Meanwhile, Champions Manchester City will have new signings Joao Cancelo and Rodri as options when they travel to London to confront West Ham.
Aymeric LaPorte is also available again after he missed the Community Shield, but Leroy Sane is out through injury.
The biggest match of the weekend is at Old Trafford on Sunday when Manchester United and Chelsea go head to head.
While United had so far spent big this summer, splashing out 80 million pounds (100 million dollars) alone for defender Harry Maguire, Chelsea have lost their star man in Eden Hazard.
However, with their record goalscorer Lampard returning to the club to take over as manager, optimism is there that they can contest for the crown once more.
United midfielder Juan Mata played with Lampard at Chelsea and feels the former England player will be a success.
“I am sure he is ready for it,” Mata said.
“He is a good friend and I wish him the best, but not in the opening game.
“It will be a difficult challenge in the first game of the season, playing against Chelsea, who have a new project, a new manager, some changes in the squad.
“If we can win that game then it’d be the perfect start and the fans can feel the excitement of a new season,“ Mata said.
The other two newly-promoted sides, Sheffield United and Aston Villa, are both away, with Sheffield at Bournemouth and Villa travelling to Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal are also on the road, at Newcastle, while Crystal Palace face Everton, Leicester play Wolves, Burnley entertain Southampton and Watford host Brighton.