Jurgen Klopp’s biggest test: Chelsea spending, City could get Messi as Liverpool bid to retain title

Last season Liverpool defied all the odds to end a painful 30-year wait for the league title.

With Jurgen Klopp steering the ship, Liverpool did not just manage to slightly better their rivals… they obliterated them.

Now, with his status as an Anfield legend immortalised, Klopp finds himself facing the reality of perhaps his toughest ever season ahead.

Rivals are strengthening at ferocious pace while the Reds have depleted funds in the bank. All teams are now placing a target on Liverpool’s head to beat the kings and, it should be mentioned, there is the strong possibility of a certain Lionel Messi arriving in the Premier League.

Ahead of the action beginning once more on Saturday with the Community Shield final, Sportsmail takes a closer look at the mammoth task Klopp has ahead… 

Jurgen Klopp is a reigning champion but knows the season ahead is perhaps his most arduous

Recruitment void

Liverpool enter the Wembley showdown having made just one addition to their senior ranks.

The Merseyside club are a well-oiled business machine these days, and the envy of Europe for the way in which they get things done. However, it’s fair to say events have not unfolded quite as planned.