Liverpool’s defence in need of some squad depth

Liverpool’s defence in need of some squad depth

It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. But sometimes in football it’s about quality in quantity. Squad depth is a major part of football nowadays, as a greater number of games means a strong XI does not suffice anymore. Having depth in every position, where there’s at least one solid back-up, keeps the starting XI on their toes and provides solid competition, while keeping players fresh.

At Liverpool, there’s depth in some positions, but is it always of the right quality. For example, at left-back Andy Robertson was signed from Hull City this summer to strengthen the left flank. But with the misfiring and distrusted Alberto Moreno as the only other true left-back (if you can call him that), it prompted Jurgen Klopp to play James Milner there last season. A central-midfielder, it was to Liverpool’s benefit that Milner provided a temporary solution to a gaping hole, but for all of his virtues, he’s not a proper left-back. Many football predictions provided by bigfreebet.com for Liverpool suggest this season will see the same issue arise, and it is surprising that they would not have two specialist left-backs that the manager trusts.

On the opposite side of defence, things are brighter. Nathaniel Clyne has been solid at right-back for the past two years, even if his performances lately have the air of someone who’s not been challenged enough for his spot. With Jon Flanagan slowly regressing post-injury, the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold and his rapid development provides Klopp a solid and exciting young talent to cover for Clyne. He’s slowly pushing Clyne for his spot, and with Joe Gomez capable of playing at RB too, this is one position where Liverpool has no qualms with depth.

At the heart of the defence though is where the true issues lie. Joel Matip’s signing on a free last summer was inspired business; without him, the Liverpool defence may have been in pieces. Dejan Lovren has done well enough in most parts last season barring the occasional lapse in concentration. But it simply isn’t enough. Ragnar Klavan should be a fourth-choice defender at most but finds himself playing more often than he should. And without Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez is the only other option at the back. He shouldn’t have to be.

Liverpool’s pursuit of Virgil van Dijk all summer has been well documented, with Southampton complaining of Liverpool’s ‘tapping up’, which put the deal on hold. It’s expected that the imperious Dutchman will join eventually, but with four days left in the window, it’s a deal that needs to be sorted out as soon as possible to ally fears of fans. The commanding defender will strengthen Liverpool’s defense on many levels, providing more competition at the back. It’s a no-brainer.

Raymond Verheijen has detailed Klopp’s training methods for being responsible for the various injuries last season. Whether or not it’s true, the number of injuries make a deeper squad a necessity in order for the club to do well in all competitions. The addition of Virgil van Dijk will go some way towards achieving this.

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6 responses to “Liverpool’s defence in need of some squad depth”

  1. Ola Thompson says:

    Sometimes In football you have prayer that is not up to a particular game that’s when the rest of the team come out fighting to protect the weaker area to get result. The manager then do the unthinkable by using his/her TACTICS efficiently to help the players. I know that we haven’t got DVD now but we will get our man at the end ’cause we scoucers and WNWAL.

  2. ismael says:

    with this two guys MATIP AND LOVREN is foolis the two guys who don’t know how toi defence, the only think they need is a one strong man like VVD

  3. ismael says:

    is somethink i have never said with liverpool we defence poorly, thats because of a good leadership defender we don’t have a leader in our defense we should at buy VVD or some alternative one before january, and look what we got MATIP and LOVREN (WHAT A F***CK)

  4. ismael says:

    LEGEND TALKING MAKING NOISES, THE CEO LIYING TO THE FANS ON DEADLINE, ALL STAFF AT LIVERPOOL F***CK YOU ALL, NO GOT LEMAR AND THEY TALKING AGAIN ABOUT SELLING COUTHINO YOU PEOPLE WANT FANS TO BURN THIS STADUIM? WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE F***CK EVEN ANYBODY WHO DON’T F**CK WITH ME MAN

  5. ismael says:

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE THIS TWO DEFENDERS COME ON, LOVREN AND MATIP COME ON ARE YOU KELLING ME? AND YOU WANT TO BE A TITLE CONTENDER? FORGET ABOUT EVERY THINK F***CK OUR DEFENDERS ALL STAFF F***CK YOU ALL THE CEO ITS MAKE ME CRY YESTERDAY PUTTING HIS PICTURE ON BOARD TO WATCH THE DEADLINE F***CK YOU

  6. merv says:

    The owners of Liverpool seem not to have aspirations in.winning anything . As long as LFC stays in the premier league their ambitions are achieved. So fans of Liverpool this year we won’t win any title. But with this present squad come next year we will still be in the top 10 in the premier league . Sad to say but true.

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Updated: 2017-09-01 09:53:23
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