It is a huge week for Liverpool. The Reds are set to play twice in four days as they take on Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League and Leicester City in the Premier League. Both of Liverpool’s opponents are in a purple patch of form and will be huge tests of the Reds’ credentials in each competition. With two tough games in such a short space of time, Liverpool could be taught a harsh lesson this week.
Jürgen Klopp’s side shocked everybody over the summer. Michael Edwards and co didn’t bring in a single first team player, instead only signing two youth prospects and two backup goalkeepers. The move, or lack of them, came as a surprise to everybody. The Reds were in their strongest buying position in years, we had posted record profits and had just lifted the Champions League trophy in Madrid. Instead of spending big, faith was placed in the squad.
The Reds have a problem with quality in depth. At the minute, the front three have no competition for their places. Divock Origi is a fantastic footballer to have at your disposal for big moments but he is not in the same world class echelon as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – yet. Further to that, in midfield we have a serious lack of creative players; our two most attacking midfielders – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita – are constantly injured.
With Klopp set to face a Leicester side performing well above expectations and a free scoring Red Bull Salzburg, we will need to push our best players to the very limit. One injury, or general fatigue, could see us drop vital points in either competition. We just need to hope that Liverpool aren’t taught a harsh lesson about squad depth this week.