But, of course, there are question marks. The last few months of 2019/20 were extremely condensed, with fixtures coming thick and fast. And it’s unarguable that towards the end of the campaign, the Reds didn’t appear quite as free-flowing as we had been in the period that immediately followed the restart.
This season will be even more demanding, and rivals like Chelsea and Arsenal appear to be significantly strengthening in the transfer market. There will, of course, be injuries. Rashford, Martial and Pogba all spent significant spells of last term on the sidelines and, at times, their absence was sorely felt.
That’s where squad depth comes into play. It seems indisputable that the squads with the richest, deepest seams of talent will prosper in 2020/21.
Our strong starting XI cannot be expected to play 50 to 60 games across all competitions. Plus, we’re playing the Champions League next season, so it will not be possible to employ the same level of squad rotation seen in the Europa League last year.