Liverpool desperately needed depth last season. This summer, having made six signings already—though with one player departing and one of those new signings returning immediately to the selling club on loan—they finally have some. For some, though, four whole new players in the squad has led to question over whether that might be too much change.
It's a sentiment as patently silly as it is infuriating when given rigorous examination. Though of course, having to watch and read supposedly clued-in pundits utter the patently silly and infuriating is hardly a new, unusual, or even unexpected thing. For those who are worried Liverpool may have done too much business already, though, Brendan Rodgers has some bad news.
"We still have some positions that we want to fill within the squad so that by the end of August we have a strong group of players to go forward with," the manager said after the match, and reliable reports from those with ties to the club say fans should expect at least one more striker and a pair of fullbacks. "We've still got some business to do."
One position that's probably sorted, at least when it comes to incoming players, is centre half. Outgoings, though, are a possibility. The obvious would seem to be that one of Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, or Mamadou Sakho could leave to make way for £16M signing Dejan Lovren. But there could also be some changes at the other end of the depth chart.
"Every player has an opportunity," said Rodgers when asked just how likely it is a less heralded player could stick with the first team on the strength of a strong summer, then pointed to Sebastian Coates as a prime example. "Seba was out for a lot of last season but he's done well in pre-season. He has been very composed on the ball and he passes it well. He has done well."
With four centre halves capable of starting and two who seem up to at least taking on a reserve role, a pair of sales before the end of August at the one position Liverpool have an excess of depth in wouldn't be a shock.
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