Former footballer Tony Cascarino has lauded Liverpool’s ability to produce results, despite the raft of changes in recent matches as the Reds scored eight times in two games last week.
Their thumping 5-2 victory over Everton in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby was emphatically followed up by a comfortable 3-0 success on the south coast at Bournemouth as Jurgen Klopp’s men showed few signs that the team are struggling to deal with their jam-packed schedule.
The variety of players that got involved on the scoresheet over the past week (seven in all) impressed Cascarino, who told TalkSPORT that the quality of their depth is a key ingredient to their success.
He said: “Over the last few days it’s an extraordinary thing because Klopp spoke about the games coming up in December, and with the Everton and Bournemouth games there were only four players who played in both.
“So what that’s telling you is not only is Liverpool’s first XI tremendously well-suited to keep getting performances and goals, he can change his team around and the goals aren’t stopping.
“[Sadio] Mane plays, he scores, he came out of the team [on Saturday]. [Divock] Origi played, he gets a brace [against Everton]. [Xherdan] Shaqiri came in, he scored. [Georginio] Wijnaldum played and was not even in the squad [against Bournemouth].
“Liverpool’s squad is in fantastic state. They are in a great, prime position to keep this run going.”
Indeed, Klopp’s seven changes after their derby win in midweek did not see much of a difference in performance as the Reds momentarily opened up an 11-point lead at the top of the table on Saturday.
It is perhaps even more remarkable that Liverpool continue to deliver given the worries of former players such as Danny Murphy and Steve Nicol during the summer that the squad’s depth was an area of concern ahead of the new campaign.
Though as Cascarino suggests, their ability to put sides away in the manner they have done by thoroughly out-scoring their opponents almost makes their near-perfect points tally no surprise.
Whether that will continue as they juggle commitments in four different competitions over the next 10 days will surely provide the biggest test of their season so far, though it seems clear they have the personnel to deal with their hectic schedule.
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