Liverpool’s Premier League campaign got off to a flying start on Friday with a 4-1 thrashing of newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield. However, it wasn’t a perfect display from Jurgen Klopp’s side. At times, the Reds looked a little shaky at the back.
On top of that, the injury sustained by goalkeeper Alisson Becker came as a real blow. Summer signing and former West Ham shot-stopper Adrian came off the bench in place of the Brazilian. However, as legendary ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge noted in the Irish Independent, “Adrian has been signed on a free transfer after he was released by West Ham, but the back-up keeper is not in place if anything happens to him ahead of next Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup match against Chelsea”.
With Alisson out, Liverpool currently lack depth between the sticks. This adds to the idea that Liverpool’s squad could be stretched this season. As Aldridge says, “I do wonder whether Klopp’s men will suffer as this season goes on”. On top of injuries, the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have all been involved in international tournaments this summer.
Aldridge expresses some concern over this, stating, “there is a danger that Liverpool’s players will run out of steam at some point in this season as some of the players have not had a proper break this summer”.
Aldridge is right to be concerned about the current state of Klopp’s squad. The Merseyside club did not add significantly to their first team in the transfer window. On top of that, many players have returned tired from summer competitions.
It took a monumental effort for the Reds to keep up with Manchester City last season. However, City did strengthen this summer. Pep Guardiola also has a huge squad at his disposal so he can rotate players regularly to avoid fatigue.
Klopp doesn’t have that luxury to the same extent. As the season goes on, that deficiency will take effect at Anfield. Liverpool do not look well set to push Manchester City all the way this time around.