Fulham boss Marco Silva has bluntly admitted that his side aren’t ready for Liverpool. The two teams will meet on Saturday.
Fulham host Liverpool on Saturday as the two teams kick off the Premier League season. It’s a newly promoted side against one of the world’s best, of course – a daunting prospect for the Cottagers.
What makes it even more daunting, however, is that Fulham aren’t actually ready. That’s according to Marco Silva, who bluntly admitted this week that his squad isn’t up to the task.
“We, as a squad, we are not ready,” said Silva, per West London Sport. “These players, they are ready.
“I have to tell you, and I don’t want to speak for too much time about the situation, I want to be clear with you; now we have 16 senior players in our squad. No one competes at this level with 16 senior players in your squad.”
Fulham aren’t ready for Liverpool
Well, it’s hard to disagree with Silva on that one. They don’t have the squad they wanted and are about to face one of the most difficult tasks in football.
Liverpool know all too well that Fulham lost players this summer, too. One of their true stars actually moved to Anfield in Fabio Carvalho, while Neco Williams’ loan spell ended and he moved to Nottingham Forest.
But as Silva says, he does have plenty of players capable of putting up a fight. He can get a decent XI together and individually, they’ll compete with Liverpool. He just has understandable doubts that his squad can do that.
Strength in depth will play a bigger role this season than every before, too. The move to five substitutes makes it vital that every club has a pool of players to pick from. Otherwise, they’re operating at a tremendous disadvantage.
Liverpool, then, might smell blood in the water come Saturday.