Liverpool legend David Fairclough believes the intensity of Jurgen Klopp’s tactics could harm the team’s chances of success with a lack of depth to call upon.
The Reds have won every game in the Premier League so far this season, but Fairclough thinks Klopp will not alter his tactical plans to safeguard the Liverpool squad from injury.
Fairclough says that while Klopp will play to the team’s strengths, the current makeup of the squad leaves an element of risk, presumably surrounding players’ fitness levels.
Speaking to TalkSPORT 2, he said: “I think Jurgen Klopp hopes to [maintain the intensity all season]. I don’t think he really tries to drop the level of the intensity Liverpool play at.
“I think that’s their strength. They really do smother teams. They win the ball back quickly and they play on the front foot.
“I think people will say that Liverpool are taking a little bit of a risk at times because maybe the depth of the squad is a couple short, I think.”
In fairness to Fairclough, there are a number of positions where Liverpool could be described as being bereft of options should injuries strike.
According to their squad list via Transfermarkt, Andrew Robertson is their only recognised left-back – while potential alternative Joe Gomez is one of just four centre-back options.
It is a similar story for Sadio Mane at left-wing, and while there are plenty of options in central midfield, the fact that Klopp often deploys three at a time means that it wouldn’t take many injuries to leave first-team options looking scarce.
So as Fairclough’s concerns seem valid, it is just as well that Liverpool are coping and winning football matches in the meantime, though how injuries will affect the way Klopp tinkers with his squad – and test Fairclough’s theory – remains to be seen.
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