During a recent video for the ESPN FC YouTube channel, former French footballer Frank Leboeuf has questioned Liverpool’s squad depth and whether they will be able to deal with the fixture congestion this season.
The Frenchman appeared alongside Don Hutchison and Ian Darke on the video to discuss the latest goings-on in the Premier League, and he suggested that the Reds may struggle to deal with fixture congestion this season, perhaps due to a lack of first-team ready options in their squad.
Jurgen Klopp’s side fell to an emphatic 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa in their last Premier League game, with first-choice ‘keeper Alisson missing out through injury, with Adrian, who came in as his replacement, earning a terrible 3.83 rating for his performance (per WhoScored).
Therefore, it is perhaps understandable why Leboeuf has questioned their squad depth, and here is what he had to say:
“We can put some question marks about Liverpool because Liverpool have like 15/16 players, and that’s it. They are absolutely strong, if they are physically good enough to hold [out] for the whole season, of course, they can go far and win almost everything, but we have to count on [the pandemic].
“The fact that it was a strange pre-season, we’re going to have injuries, we’re going to have players not feeling good physically, so it’s going to be an issue.”
Liverpool have already had the likes of Sadio Mane, Thiago and Xherdan Shaqiri test positive for the viral outbreak in recent times and it seems as if Leboeuf is concerned that the Reds may not have sufficient quality to replace players who may be missing due to injury or the viral outbreak.
Do Liverpool have enough squad depth?
It will be interesting to see how Liverpool deal with their fixtures both domestically and in Europe in the next couple of months, and perhaps, if they do start to struggle with missing players, we will see them make some more additions to their squad in the January transfer window.