Andy Carroll
Carroll, who is Liverpool's most expensive player, is set to start the most important season in his career yet. Reuters

Liverpool will welcome Sunderland to Anfield in their season-opening English Premier League encounter, as the Reds hope begin their quest for a Champions League spot with a win.

Many are waiting to watch the a new-look Liverpool side in action as Kenny Dalglish has spent the summer lavishly, signing Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Alexandre Doni and Jose Enrique. There was a similar feeling at Anfield this time last year, when Roy Hodgson was in charge, but hope quickly turned to despair after a horrendous start to their season. Eventually, Hodgson got the sack, Dalglish came in and Liverpool's season turned around as they finished 6th.

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