Mark Lawrenson claims lack of squad depth is the biggest problem for Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson claims injury issues have dampened the title challenge of Jurgen Klopp’s men, and lack of squad depth is the biggest problem the manager has at the moment.
The Reds were without captain Jordan Henderson, key midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, first-choice centre-back Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren when they faced West Ham on Monday.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was one of their best players in the second half of last season is still away from returning to first-team action.
Hence, the depth is getting tested and it is fair to say, they didn’t fare well against the Hammers.
Lawrenson was speaking to BBC and said: “Liverpool’s biggest problem at the moment is that they are a bit thin on the ground, numbers-wise, especially at the back.
“It wouldn’t be too bad if they had only lost one defender, one midfielder and one attacker, but they are all in the same sort of department.
“Even Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, who are both injury doubts for this game, are more defensive-minded midfielders, rather than attacking.
“So Jurgen Klopp has lost that shield a little bit and even Virgil van Dijk has started to look a little bit ordinary because there are so many different people around him.”
Liverpool welcome Bournemouth for their next league test. They are hoping to see Henderson and Alexander-Arnold feature in this game.