Watched a good bit of Fabio Carvalho recently. He may not feature a ton in the first squad in the PL or CL this year, given his youth (won’t be 20 until the end of August), but he has some exceptional skills. Very quick feet; sometimes flashes eyes in the back of his head for finding players and flashes some sharp goal scoring ability. He reminds me of a number of different players. Has a bit of Firminho in him with his quick feet and ball skills in traffic but is lighter and quicker. His ability to distribute makes me think of a poor man’s Messi when he has the ball midway between the top of the box and the center line. Tough call where he will play and also what Klopp will do this year. I know there has been talk of seeing more 4-2-3-1 (which he has gone to on occasion). If Elliott can return to his early season form from a year ago, that could be a bonus. He flashed a lot of skill until he got hurt. Can only imagine the offensive prowess of the occasional Elliott-Fabinho-Thiago midfield! (But I suspect that may happen in game with subs and needing a goal). Losing Mane will hurt; esp early, imo. Even though they probably needed to let him go and he wanted out, his front line aggressive D and his instincts in coming back to midfield to get the ball, as well as his calm, cool and eminently confident skills on the corner of the box will be missed. Still, young players like Diaz and even Jota, who is just starting to enter his prime at 25, will have to show improvement. They both tailed off a bit as the season went on last year. They have to be better on D; more consistent in scoring; and just more mature in coming back for the ball and playing sound all around football. We have gotten quite young with less experience up front all of a sudden with the loss of Mane, Origi, and Minamino. I am a bit concerned with how mature we will be up front in big away games against the Man City, Chelsea, Spurs and the CL. Since three of the top six are still very young in Carvalho, Diaz, Nunez, as well as relatively new to the squad; and Jota will have to at least duplicate his production and step up a bit in overall leadership. Lots of potential but it’s still potential and not quite at peak. Could explode or drop off a bit up front. I think the World Cup break could be a positive for us. One element is Egypt not making the World Cup. That means Salah will get some rest over that stretch in the fall (both mental and physical). And the break could be a positive for some of the young players who will get their feet wet, then be able to pause and let that experience sink in mentally. Of course, without the kind of depth of mature talent that Man City have, we will have to remain healthy to be competitive. If I am objective, removing my red glasses, I’d say 2nd or 3rd in the EPL and a good run but not sure how far in the CL. If the young players step up - definitely higher potential.