With the season just getting started and the first day of the season in the books, it’s time to assess the big names and big moments from Serie A. As always, we’ve got the usual suspects in action as they make their debuts and then the big questions that we’re going to be looking to get answered this weekend.
The big names of the day – Jurgen Klopp, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suárez, Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo – are all making their debutes in Serie A as Liverpool have a good chance of securing a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League, but it’s Philippe Couti which is really going to make the difference.
Liverpool are just a point off the top spot in the table and they’ve won two games in succession to do it, while the other four teams are all chasing a top spot.
Coutinho is on a five-match unbeaten run and Liverpool have won five of their last six matches, with all of them against opponents who are below them on the table.
The Italian is on the pace to become the first player to score in three consecutive games since Alessandro Nesta in 2006, and the Brazilian has been one of the key performers in Liverpool’s resurgence from the back of the pile to the top of the table, scoring 17 goals in 17 games so far.
Luis Suárerere’s return to Anfield has seen him score six goals in his last three Premier League games, including two against West Bromwich Albion.
The Brazilian, who’s missed the past three games with a knee injury, has scored two in his past four Premier League matches and is also on target in all competitions for the Reds.
Philippe Coutinho is the man in the sky, scoring five goals in four matches for Liverpool so far, including one in their 3-1 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup.
The Argentine has scored nine goals in 22 league appearances for Liverpool this season, while he’s scored in his previous five matches.
Mario Balotelli has scored in each of Liverpool’s last three games, with a brace against Crystal Palace and a goal against Stoke City, with his last goal coming in their 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Raheem “The Master” Sterling is a constant threat to score goals, with three in the last four matches and a hat-trick against Norwich City.
The 22-year-old has scored five goals and provided two assists so far this season and has also scored twice in the Premier League.
Paul Pogba scored his first Premier League goal in the 3-0 win over West Brom, but his hat-tricks have come in only his last four league games.
The 26-year old has been a consistent performer for Juventus this season so far and is on target with a goal in every game so far as the Frenchman looks to regain his place at the top table.
Steven Gerrard is not on the same level as Suárrere, but he’s still one of Liverpool, Liverpool’s most consistent performers so far in 2017.
The Liverpool captain has scored three goals in eight games for the club and has a goal every time he plays.
The midfielder has also been involved in three goals for Manchester City this season.
Suáre is also one of six players to score a goal for Liverpool in every match this season in all competition, with the rest being Cristiano, Luis, Raúl and Mario.
Jurgen Kluivert is another Liverpool player who has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham both interested in signing the Germany international.
The 31-year was a key player for the German national team in the 2016 FIFA World Cup and he scored his team’s third goal in their 1-0 victory over Ecuador in the Copa América quarter-finals.
He’s also been a key part of the German side in Europe, helping Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title in 2016, where they finished third.
Klopp will be keen to bolster his attacking options and his recent signings of Sterling and Rahema have given him a real weapon in attack, and his side will have to continue to defend and counter in order to keep their title hopes alive.
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