The first day was a blur of action.
From the first whistle to the first touch of the ball, the league saw a flurry of activity, from the arrival of the first team to the second half.
The first half saw two of the best young players in the league arrive, as the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Steven Naismith had to compete for minutes.
There were two exciting new faces in the squad.
It was a different day for the club.
The last week or so had seen the departures of several key players and there was little sign of the players who made the transition to the senior side, while the team were still reeling from a series of injuries.
A good day for football The last few weeks have seen the likes a Joleon Lescott and Alex Neil both depart, while James Forrest and Kieran Brookes have also been let go.
There has been plenty of speculation about who might be next in line for the left back position, with the club’s most experienced defender, Mark Noble, likely to be left out.
That leaves only one place for one of the most talented players in England.
It is a role that has been filled by Steven Gerrard, but there has been talk of his future, with reports that he is considering leaving the club to play for Liverpool.
Forget the derby, forget the title race, the derby has become about the derby With the club in the midst of a turbulent transition period, it is important to remember that the Derby is the club that won the title in 2012, and it is also the club who made it to the FA Cup Final in 2017.
The new season was not the first time that this has happened, but the arrival in mid-December of Steven Gerrard has changed the dynamics of the league.
It has become an ongoing debate amongst fans, with some saying that it has been the turning point of the season.
Many have praised the club for their new-found consistency, but have also criticised the club over their approach to the title.
It is not just the lack of success, but also the lack or lack of belief that has led to a perception that the team have been in disarray.
There has been an influx of players from the top flight in recent seasons, and this will be no different in 2017 with the arrival this summer of Liverpool’s top scorer in Steven Gerrard.
Injuries to key players In the absence of the likes the likes from the recent title winners, the team has lost key players in key positions.
While the likes on loan have found the back of the net, it has come at the cost of a number of key players.
Danny Drinkwater, Steven Naisbitt, Joe Gomez and Josh McEachran all departed the club, leaving the team without a consistent striker.
Gerrard The former Liverpool captain has been one of Liverpool football’s most consistent performers for the past five seasons.
With the emergence of Christian Benteke, the England captain has become a crucial cog in the team’s attack.
Gerrard has also been an important part of Liverpool in the past and is considered to be one of their best players.
Despite his impact, he has not been able to establish himself as the captain of Liverpool, and that has hurt the team in the long run.
Despite having a reputation for being a goal-machine, Gerrard’s contribution in recent years has been limited.
He was often on the receiving end of an attacking tackle, and was also guilty of a reckless foul on Aaron Lennon in the final match of the 2014-15 season.
Lingering injuries There have been a number injuries to key men in the side this season, but injuries have been relatively minor in comparison to the regular seasons, as injuries are a part of any football game.
Dylan Groenewegen has been out since November, with Steven Gerrard injured for the entirety of the 2015-16 season, and Kevin Stewart also missed out on the start of the 2016-17 season.
The only player to miss out in the Champions League and Europa League were the injured Adam Lallana and Lucas Leiva.
Gary Cahill The striker was forced off against Everton with a calf injury in October.
He returned for the final few weeks of the campaign, but after his absence he only made six appearances, including a cameo appearance in the Europa League.
James Forrest The captain of the Reds has been injured since October and has missed the majority of the last few seasons.
James Forrest has been on the sidelines for a number