Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher fears that Liverpool’s squad depth is not strong enough because of the way Jurgen Klopp is using Sadio Mane.
As per the Telegraph, Carragher was full of praise for Mane, but thinks he’s already spotted a sign that Liverpool’s squad just isn’t strong enough this term.
He said: “Klopp said no footballer should play more than 50 matches a season, especially in what he called the “intense positions”. His use of Mane, however, unfortunately already suggests that Liverpool’s squad is not strong enough in the attacking positions.
“So how do you define ‘world class’? By thinking about a fantasy world starting XI. I would rate Mane, Raheem Sterling and Eden Hazard as currently the best. I also think that Mane is Liverpool’s first genuinely world class winger since John Barnes and the club’s best wide left player for almost 30 years.”
TBR’s View – Liverpool should have followed the Manchester City blueprint this summer
When Manchester City won the Premier League with a record 100 points, they went straight out the following summer and broke their transfer record to sign Riyad Mahrez.
That added another dimension to their attack, giving them options which are the envy of every team in the division including Liverpool.
Liverpool found themselves in a similar situation this summer but elected to stick with what they had when a high-profile, versatile forward would have been a real asset.
Obviously, Jurgen Klopp felt he couldn’t get value in the market and didn’t want to embark on a Guardiola-style rotation system up front, but as Carragher says, that could prove to be a problem later down the line.