Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that last season’s quest for the quadruple is having a huge effect on his squad – both physically and mentally.
During 2021/22, the Reds won both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, having also fallen just short of the Champions League and Premier League title.
As relayed by 90min, the Anfield boss was questioned by the media whether the 63-game campaign from last year is now playing a factor in the side’s struggles this term.
“It must have. We can say that now,” Klopp said.
“There was no book written about it, there was no data about it. There was nothing about it because nobody played that many games ever before.
“Outside the club they are speaking as if we are bottom of the table. There are times when you just have to get through it.”
Klopp says last season is affecting his squad
Although this is definitely the case, the squad have seemed off the pace for a number of seasons now.
When the club were at their peak, having won the Premier League and Champions League within such a short space of time, the Reds should have utilised this position to build.
At the top of the European game, they could have pretty much signed whoever they liked. Whilst it may not have been imperative to replace players in the starting XI, it was the perfect time to add quality in depth to the squad.
Furthermore, they should have been looking to bring in long-term replacements for the side’s biggest stars. This would have allowed the youngsters to settle into the team, gaining valuable knowledge from some of the world’s best players. Then, at the right time later down the line, they would take the reins in Klopp’s starting XI.
Instead, Liverpool wasted their opportunity. Having played the highest number of matches in a single campaign last season, squad depth was always going to be key. Now, the Reds are feeling its effects, and that is very clear on the pitch.