After witnessing the debut of new marquee signing Mario Balotelli in the 3-0 victory over Tottenham last time out, Liverpool fans can look forward to his home debut when the Italian will be strutting his stuff at Anfield for the first time (in a red shirt).
But he won’t be the only summer addition to make his debut for the club this weekend, as £25m acquisition Adam Lallana could return from a lengthy lay-off that has disrupted his start to the season. The midfielder, who joined from Southampton early in the summer before heading to Brazil for the World Cup, is yet to play for his new club and also missed the two wins that England managed to conjure up during the recent international break.
The 25-year-old has been sidelined with a knee injury that he picked up just four days into his Liverpool career as he suffered lateral collateral ligament damage during a Reds training session.
While one England international returns, another has been ruled out. Striker Daniel Sturridge picked up a thigh strain while he was on international duty, and he looks set for a two week spell on the sidelines which could see him miss a number of key games for the Premier League contenders.
The 10 debutants to look out for this weekend
The 10 debutants to look out for this weekend
1/8 Radamel Falcao (Manchester United)
One of four Manchester United players on this list, Falcao's arrival at Manchester United was the biggest surprise of a mad summer. It will be interesting to see where Louis van Gaal decides to play the Colombian hitman - will he start alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, will he replace one of them, or will he start from the bench?
2/8 Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Brought in on a massive fee, the English teenager has been roundly criticised for failing to get fit in time for the new season. With Ashley Young struggling as Van Gaal's left wing-back Luke Shaw should come in and immediately be an upgrade in the position. United and England fans will certainly be hoping so.
3/8 Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)
Almost a month after arriving at Manchester United, and four games into the season, Argentine defender Marcos Rojo finally has a passport and should play. Louis van Gaal's team have looked porous at the back and the fiesty defender should add some bite to the back-line.
4/8 Daley Blind (Manchester United)
A Louis van Gaal favourite, Daley Blind is a versatile player capable of slotting in across the defence, at wing-back or in central midfield. Classy and composed on the ball, Blind is a clever player - it'll be interesting to see where the Manchester United boss opts to play the utility man.
5/8 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
Danny Welbeck was brilliant for England in Switzerland, scoring two goals and showing all of the energy and enthusiasm that has made him a manager's favourite. Arsenal were desperately in need of cover after the injury to Olivier Giroud and Gunners fans will be hoping the £16m striker hits the ground running.
6/8 Alex Song (West Ham)
Although he never managed to break into the first team in two years at Barcelona, Alex Song is undoubtedly a top quality player. West Ham needed to add goals and flair to their struggling side and Sam Allardyce will be hoping Song can get close to the 11 assists he provided for Arsenal in the 2011-12 season.
7/8 Abel Hernandez (Hull City)
Steve Bruce has spent the majority of the money he received for the sale of Shane Long on the 24-year-old Hernandez. The Uruguayan had an excellent season in Serie A last year scoring 14 goals for Palermo, but is a bit of a wildcard. The pacey striker will look to develop the same kind of partnership Long enjoyed with Nikica Jelavic last season
8/8 Ricky Alvarez (Sunderland)
Alvarez's signature is a coup for Gus Poyet and Sunderland. The tall Argentina midfielder oozes class and was impressive for Inter Milan last season with four goals and eight assists, before being selected for the World Cup. Sunderland struggled for goals last season and will be hoping Alvarez can provide a spark for their strikers.
Manager Brendan Rodgers was hugely displeased with how the injury came about as he felt Sturridge should have been shown due care from the England set-up, but the absence of Sturridge could see Lallana handed an immediate start should Rodgers feel that he is up to speed.
Lallana’s former Southampton team-mate Rickie Lambert is also in the running to replace Sturridge should Rodgers choose to stick with two up front, and the childhood Reds fan is yet to make his first start for the club after coming off the bench against Saints and Manchester City.
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But it’s not just Balotelli and Lallana who could be making their debuts this weekend. In fact, Liverpool fans could see another three players in action for the first time on Merseyside.
Left-back Alberto Moreno has had a rollercoaster start to life with Liverpool. Having made his debut against Manchester City in which his error of judgement allowed Stevan Jovetic to score the opener, the Spaniard recovered to score a magnificent individual effort in the 3-0 win over Spurs.
While Moreno is likely to start, Lazar Markovic is likely to be named on the bench, but it would not be a surprise to see him introduced at some point having come off the bench in their last two matches. While the Serbian is earmarked as a star of the future, there’s no doubting that he can have an impact immediately, such was the high level of his displays during his time with Benfica.
Joining Markovic in the role of impact players is central midfielder Emre Can, who was a £10m addition early in the summer. The German has also emerged from the substitutes in the defeat to City and the victory at White Hart Lane, and he’ll be eager to show what he can do when given the opportunity.
Rodgers has elected to field Joe Allen as part of the midfield trio alongside regulars Jordan Henderson and captain Steven Gerrard, and Can will have to oust Allen before he can set his sights on locking down a first-team spot for the foreseeable future. Rodgers also has Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho to choose from to fill the advanced role in his midfield trio.Reuse content