There seems to be a perception amongst a small section of transfer fanatics that Liverpool’s squad is ill-equipped to go the distance once again this season.
It’s important to remember how many key players were omitted from Jurgen Klopp’s squad during the opening day victory against Leeds United.
Neco Williams, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Kostas Tsimikas, Harvey Elliott and Ki-Jana Hoever were all absent from the 18-man squad the manager selected at Anfield on the weekend.
Players such as Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino were also overlooked as unused substitutes which argue that competition for places at the club have never been higher.
Minamino especially has adapted to the team’s style in recent and Klopp was delighted with him in pre-season yet he still couldn’t force his way into the starting XI.
Stacked with options
For a team supposedly short of options, there was an awful lot of talent not at Klopp’s disposal as Liverpool were indebted to the brilliance of Mohamed Salah to get over the line against Leeds.
Even following the departures of Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool’s development and scouting system has enabled the likes of Tsimikas, Williams, Jones and Elliott all to step up as ready-made replacements which in essence could save the club millions in the transfer market.
Indeed, Liverpool would benefit from having a player like Thiago in the squad but when considering the age, price-tag and wage demands of the player then suddenly it makes a lot more sense as to why the Reds are playing hard-ball.
Klopp has more pressing issues to fixate over as opposed to Thiago such as the contractual situation of Georginio Wijnaldum and the growing need to add reinforcements in central defence as well as another wide attacker.
Liverpool’s squad depth is so vast that at this present moment there is heated competition for players to make the bench let alone the starting XI.
The demand for places is expected to be reduced by the end of the transfer window with a number of departures likely to unfold in the coming weeks.
However, if we are to go by the number of omissions from the weekend, there certainly isn’t a cause for concern that Liverpool are at risk of falling off the pace this season.
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