Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool can retain the title but only if they keep key players fit
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'Wow' Rio Ferdinand tips Liverpool to struggle this season after realisation

Rio Ferdinand expects Liverpool to struggle this season after a realisation about their season. The former Manchester United man says he’s a ‘bit concerned’.

Rio Ferdinand doesn’t think Liverpool will have a good season. He’s concerned about it, in fact, especially after realising they’ll miss further players.

After saying that Gini Wijnaldum will be a big miss, Ferdinand then asked his FIVE YouTube show if the Africa Cup of Nations was this season.

“You know what is it AFCON this year as well?” he said. “It’s AFCON so they’ll miss Mane and Salah at some point.

“Wow. I think it’s a big year for Liverpool and I’m a bit concerned for them in a lot of ways. they’re relying on the same front three again.

“[Virgil] Van Dijk and [Joe] Gomez, we don’t know how they’ll recover. Midfield is an important part. Their midfield was based on energy, legs, intensity.”

Ferdinand worries for Liverpool this season

Liverpool will undoubtedly miss Wijnaldum this season – he was too important and reliable for that not to be the case. Though, Thiago had a fantastic end to last season that might prove enough to cover.

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Our big worry is fitness, though. Ferdinand raises the right point about Van Dijk and Gomez. You can add Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Jordan Henderson and Thiago into that, though.

All of them struggled with injuries last season – some are still dealing with them now.

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But the AFCON is an interesting one. Liverpool only actually have two games scheduled while it’s on, so the impact of missing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is small.

There reason there are only two games, however, is because of a mid-season break. The duo won’t get that break, though, and that might lead to fatigue.

We’ll have to see how Liverpool handle that. The problem isn’t as bad as it looks but it is a concern.

Are we as worried as Ferdinand? No, we think the Reds will have a good campaign. We can’t deny there aren’t areas of concern, however. Hopefully, the club has them handled.

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