Liverpool’s squad is too thin to sustain a deep run in Europe, push for the top of the league, and compete in the domestic cups. It’s something the fans have been worried about since last August, and something that has been proven out in recent weeks.
While Liverpool have managed to push their way into an unexpected Champions League final, their domestic form has suffered and they find themselves in a precarious position in the top four race. The good news is that the club are well aware this is an issue.
“We realise that any team that goes this deep in the Champions League and the Premier League has a difficult time,” owner John Henry said when asked by the BBC about squad depth and the fact Liverpool have begun to show signs of exhaustion.
Part of the problem, perhaps, was that making it to the final of the Champions League is ahead of schedule in a lot of ways—the goals heading into the season, most agreed, were top four and some form of silverware, likely in the form of a domestic cup.
The strain of not just two games a week but having those extra games be against the likes of Manchester City and Roma have clearly taken a toll on a squad that was meant to be building towards something special but perhaps not until next year.
Getting a top four finish and, at the least, a Champions League final appearance with this talented but thin squad, then, would be a special achievement—one that would set the club up for even greater success as the playing squad is further reinforced.
“You have to focus your attention where you can and keep your players healthy playing two games a week often,” Henry added, “but we’re looking forward to next season as well and we’ll always invest in the squad every summer.”