Stan Collymore thinks that, over the 38-game Premier League campaign, Liverpool might struggle with the issue of squad depth.
I’m not entirely sure that Stan Collymore knows exactly what squad depth is, because if he does then he can’t honestly believe that Liverpool will have any issue as far as having a competitive squad is concerned.
When you have a player like Daniel Sturridge on your bench that is usually the mark of a strong bench. The English forward, despite his numerous injuries problems, is one of the most naturally gifted strikers in the Premier League but the form of Roberto Firmino and the Brazilian’s suitability to Jurgen Kopp’s gegenpressing style of play has resulted in Sturridge seeing a lot more of the bench than he’d like.
Not only does Liverpool have the likes of Sturridge and Divock Origi on the bench, Liverpool don’t have European commitments this season and this means a lot less football has to be played. Last season, Klopp had to rotate his team almost every game as a result of how congested the fixture list was.
Writing on Boylesports.com about Liverpool, Stan Collymore addressed some of the positives and negatives about Liverpool’s season so far. He nailed the positives, but it seemed as though he just made something up so he’d have something to write about for the downside of Liverpool’s beginning to the campaign.
“Positives are a super charged camp; Lallana and Henderson stepping up to the plate when many, me included, doubted them,” Collymore said in his quarterly report. “And also a lack of European football. Negatives are a flaky defensive unit.
“The keeper question hasn’t been answered either. There is still no top class keeper at Anfield. They also may be hurt with squad depth over the 38 games. 8/10.”
I’d say an eight out ten is a fair evaluation given Liverpool’s poor defensive showings, but I still disagree with Collymore’s remarks about the lack of squad depth. Klopp deliberately trimmed his squad because he knew he’d need fewer players due to fewer commitments this season.
Nonetheless, Liverpool can continue to prove the critics wrong with a home game against an in-form Watford on Sunday afternoon. The Reds will look to stretch their unbeaten record to 12 in all competitions and also keep the pressure on Arsenal and Manchester City who are above Liverpool if only on goal difference. The Gunners have a tricky home tie against Spurs while City host Middlesbrough after playing Barcelona tonight.