Speaking on Monday Night Football (01/10/2018), former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher praised Liverpool’s impressive bench while comparing it to the weak substitutes that Tottenham Hotspur possess.
Carragher’s analysis is spot on, as Liverpool’s second-choice players are of a far higher quality than Spurs’, suggesting that Daniel Levy’s decision to sign no new players this summer is sure to backfire.
A high-profile example of Liverpool’s strength in depth came in the closing stages of their draw against Chelsea last weekend, when substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri combined for a late, spectacular equaliser.
The two Liverpool players are unlikely to start week in, week out, yet nonetheless are eager to impress when given the chance and can be lethal when opposition back lines are fatigued late in games.
Liverpool have the luxury to bring quality players off the bench. But Tottenham’s lack of new faces means when injury hits their squad, they are left desperately thin.
With Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen Mousa Dembele, Serge Aurier, and Jan Vertonghen all sidelined for Tottenham’s upcoming matches, their lack of bench options could derail their early-season hopes.
Carragher was spot on when he said he believed Liverpool would achieve more this season, in large part due to their potent substitute options.