What you sow you reap, while Manchester United fortified their squad with Aaron Wan Bissaka, Arsenal did the unexpected splashing the cash to get Nicolas Pepe, Tottenham Hotspur added Tanguy Ndombele, even champions Manchester City brought in Rodri, Juergen Klopp decided to rest on his laurels after securing a first Champions League title.
The consequence of that action resulted in loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Call it a friendly or an irrelevant season opener, the signs were all there to see that Manchester City have a better squad than Liverpool who are expected to be their toughest challenge. Liverpool dominated this encounter but can they dominate over 38 games.
Klopp played all his cards with Divock Origi deputising for the absent Sadio Mane showed for the 1000th time that he should not be starting at Liverpool Rodri effortlessly slotted into the vacant position usually occupied by Fernandinho. Players such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Adam Lallana are inferior and have little impact.
Meanwhile Sergio Aguero was left on the bench so was Riyad Mahrez, despite injury to Leroy Sane. Liverpool have holes in their squad and little time left to bring in reinforcements. Will Klopp regret inactive transfer window? Join the conversation