Gary Neville says Liverpool’s lack of squad depth is a ‘real problem’ but added that he thinks the Reds can be ‘really dangerous.’
A 4-0 win over Arsenal got Liverpool back to winning ways in spectacular fashion, after the Reds were beaten 3-2 by West Ham before the international break.
It was a five-star pressing and attacking performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side with goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and even from Takumi Minamino.
There was very little wrong with the display, and a clean sheet will steady the nerves that existed after the Hammers sliced through Liverpool like a hot knife through butter.
Alisson was barely tested, while Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip very easily repelled each attack the Gunners launched.
Yet Gary Neville has found an area of Liverpool’s season to critique and, while he’s got a point, we would prefer to focus on the positives after moaning non-stop during the last break.
Neville said on Sky Sports: “I think it’s most difficult for Liverpool because they are so finely tuned. I think the other two have bigger squads and better squads.
“Liverpool, as I said earlier in the season, the best XI, that doesn’t change, but if two or three go missing, then it does cause a real problem.
“What Liverpool will want is to be within a point or two, with four, five or six games to go.
“With that history and that tradition and Jurgen Klopp’s energy, I think then they will become really dangerous.
“But I think to get there will be a bigger struggle for them than it would be for Chelsea and City.”
Liverpool do need a bigger squad but, unless FSG loosen the purse strings in January, there is nothing that Klopp can do until the summer. So it’s up to the medical team to pull their act together and do more to prevent needless muscle injuries to key players.
If the Reds can keep their best side fit and healthy, Liverpool should be able to claw their way back above Chelsea and win the Premier League. But the Blues have been extremely dominant and ruthless this season.
Thomas Tuchel has done wonders at Stamford Bridge and has a hugely deep squad, while Pep Guardiola is similarly blessed with a wealth of attacking and defensive options.
Liverpool are arguably the most entertaining side in the league but it doesn’t guarantee a league title. So I’m sure Klopp will be praying for more boring results in December and January.