Liverpool defeated Norwich City 3-0 in the EFL Cup last night in a game that proves that the Reds’ depth may not be as bad as first feared.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were convincing as they saw off the Canaries by that scoreline for the second time this season.
It was a very impressive performance from the side. There were nine changes made to the side from the weekend’s win over Crystal Palace.
The two that kept their places, Kostas Tsimikas and Ibou Konate, are not even regular starters.
So, there was not a single member of Liverpool’s regular team playing against a Norwich side that contained numerous first-team members.
While the entire side played well, it was the deputy forwards that impressed us most.
Liverpool played a front three of Kaide Gordon on the right with Taki Minamino and Divock Origi rotating between the left and centre.
Minamino bagged a brace, with Origi managing a goal and an assist. 16-year-old Gordon, meanwhile, made a very promising first-team debut.
All summer, fans had been crying out for FSG to spend money on a new attacker to provide better depth to the front three.
Essentially, Origi and Minamino were deemed not good enough to step in and cover Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota when needed.
We must admit that we here at RTK were of the same view.
Well, while we don’t want to be reactive, last night proved that those in charge could actually have been right.
Liverpool depth strong all over pitch – attackers proved it last night
Origi now has a goal and two assists in his two starts this season (1.74 goal contributions per 90). Of course, he won’t be able to keep this up, but it has served as a reminder of his quality.
Is he an elite player? No. But we would argue strongly that he is as good a sixth-choice attacker as you will find.
Last night were Minamino’s first minutes of the season and he scored twice. What more can you ask?
He is more of an unknown quantity for us. Klopp and the coaches seemingly have faith in him.
The Japan star also seems to have bulked up a bit, which was our biggest concern about him.
Could he have an explosion this season and prove himself as a perfectly capable player at this level? It’s not impossible by any means.
For the few minutes that they will hopefully have to play, they could be just fine.
We would still take a new addition in January just to increase the quality further, but we are quite interested to see how Origi and Minamino would fare in a tough league match.
This would be the perfect way of seeing what level they are at.
As for the rest of the team, we have no worries at all.
Penalty hero Caoimhin Kelleher continues to improve. Our centre-back depth is among the strongest on the planet.
Between James Milner, Neco Williams and Conor Bradley, Liverpool have numerous deputies to Trent Alexander-Arnold. On the opposite side, name us a better second-choice left-back than Kostas Tsimikas.
We could struggle in midfield if we pick up more injuries, but that can be said of any team. When they are all fit, the depth in the centre is fantastic.
Now, the two players with points to prove up front have done exactly that.
Maybe Liverpool don’t have an issue with depth after all.