Man City won the Premier League last year because they had immense strength in depth. Whenever Sergio Aguero wasn’t available, they had Gabriel Jesus to step into his shoes. Raheem Sterling not fit? No worries, call up Riyad Mahrez. Liverpool haven’t been blessed by the same enormity of talent as the Reds have had to be more rigid financially. This season, Jürgen Klopp and Michael Edwards opted to make no first team summer signings. This was placing an enormous amount of faith in the depth already in the squad, as well as the youth prospects in the academy. It is this necessity of the academy that means Ansu Fati could be the inspiration Liverpool need for their title challenge.
Barcelona’s Ansu Fati recently shocked the world by scoring and assisting against Valencia. He became the youngest player to ever score and assist in the same game in La Liga, achieving the feat aged 16 years and 318 days old.
Liverpool are going to be forced to look to the strength in depth provided by their world class youth talents. It is a long season ahead of the Reds with them competing on all fronts. At some point they are going to need to rest key players in order to prioritise more important fixtures when the matches pile up.
By looking at the phenomenal performances that Ansu Fati is putting in at Barcelona, Jürgen Klopp can have faith that age is no barrier if you have the talent. The likes of Harvey Elliott are set to shine in the league this year if they are given the chance. The question is, will Jürgen rely on the versatility of experience or the exuberance of youth?