Could this years team beat last years team?

This seems like a simple question but these two teams are fundamentally different inspite of the high pressing of the opposing team, quick transitions etc.. The fact that there are this many similarities with different formations and personnel is a credit to Rodgers, who even with some flaws (no manager is perfect after all) has proven to be tactically dexterious, a major advantage in modern football management. Last year relied on one or two players with almost mystical power, while this team seems to rely more on the collective. Could this be due to the fact that Gerrarrd is no longer in the team? Possibly...Nevertheless I would like to take the temperature in the room so to speak...

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