‘I do not suppose we’re sturdy sufficient depth-wise’: Liverpool legend John Arne Riise is ‘SCARED’ that Jurgen Klopp’s facet wouldn’t have what it takes to compete with Chelsea and Man Metropolis within the Premier League title race
- Liverpool are at present behind Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis within the title race
- The Reds misplaced 3-2 to West Ham and now lie fourth in desk – 4 factors off the highest
- John Arne Riise is worried Liverpool wouldn’t have the squad to compete effectively
- Riise believes shedding Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to AFCON might be essential
Liverpool legend John Arne Riise is worried that his former membership will not be ‘sturdy sufficient depth-wise’ to maintain with Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea within the Premier League title race.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds suffered a setback final week of their quest to reclaim the top-flight title, shedding 3-2 away to West Ham to slide to fourth within the desk – 4 factors behind leaders Chelsea.
It was Liverpool’s first league defeat in 25 matches, with the Reds simply clinging on to a prime 4 spot on the again finish of final season – however Riise believes Klopp’s males might proceed to wrestle ought to an damage disaster emerge prefer it did final season.
John Arne Riise is ‘scared’ that Liverpool wouldn’t have sufficient depth for the top-flight title race
Riise (above) believes the title might be determined by who has the very best squad and fewest accidents
‘I am a little bit bit involved in regards to the depth within the squad,’ Riise instructed talkSPORT. ‘I do not suppose now we have the highest, prime gamers after we lose (gamers). Like final season, after we misplaced (Virgil) Van Dijk and some different gamers, you may see we struggled.
‘I am scared it might be the identical this 12 months. When individuals are injured, suspended and even for the African Nations Cup after we lose some gamers, I am a little bit bit apprehensive that it’s the place the title goes determined.
‘I do not suppose we’re sturdy sufficient depth-wise within the long-run with Manchester Metropolis or Chelsea.’
The Reds misplaced key defenders Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk to long-term knee accidents, whereas the likes of Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson struggled for health final season -which severely dented Liverpool’s title defence.
Jurgen Klopp’s (above) facet misplaced 3-2 to West Ham to depart the Reds fourth within the league desk
Liverpool will lose Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (proper) in early January for AFCON
WHICH GAMES* COULD SALAH AND MANE MISS FOR LIVERPOOL?
28 Dec: Leicester Metropolis (a) – league
Jan 2: Chelsea (a) – league
Jan 9: FA Cup third spherical (TBC)
Jan 15: Brentford (h) – league
Jan 22: Crystal Palace (a) – league
Jan 29: FA Cup fourth spherical
Feb 9: Leicester Metropolis (h) – league
Feb 12: Burnley (a) – league
*Within the occasion of Egypt and Senegal going far in AFCON
Klopp’s facet dropped as far down as eighth within the Premier League desk with ten video games to go, however the German supervisor was capable of steer the ship to complete in third spot.
This season, Liverpool have managed to keep away from a number of main accidents to this point, with promising midfielder Harvey Elliott the one long-term absentee with a damaged ankle.
Thiago Alcantara has additionally struggled for health with a calf drawback this season however returned to the pitch towards West Ham.
However the 2020 Premier League winners will lose Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita to the African Cup of Nations in early January, which might hurt their title hopes.
The Liverpool trio might miss as many as eight matches for the Reds ought to their respective nations go far within the event, with experiences claiming Premier League gamers might have to begin lacking video games from after Boxing Day.
Salah and Mane are anticipated to overlook a vital Premier League title-deciding conflict to Chelsea on January 2, together with two clashes with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester and the beginning of the Reds’ FA Cup problem.