Liverpool seem pretty well stocked all over the field bar in both fullback positions.
We’ve two goalkeepers fighting for the no.1 shirt, five senior centre-backs, countless central midfield options, playmakers and wingers galore and a handful of strikers fighting over one position…
But at left-back we only have utility midfielder James Milner providing support for Alberto Moreno, with Brad Smith sold for £6m. With Jon Flanagan expected to leave for Burnley, we only have inexperienced Connor Randall at right-back to support Nathaniel Clyne…
Despite this, Klopp indicated that it’s central defence we’re currently weak, which to us – simply doesn’t make much sense.
“Is the activity all over? I have no idea,” Klopp told the Echo.
“I don’t think so. We will see what happens.
“If the Roma game was our base then we have to change everything but it isn’t. Was the Milan game more our base? Maybe. But Roma? No.
“(Joe) Gomez, (Mamadou) Sakho and Lucas are all injured so of course we haven’t got enough centre-backs at the moment. But we have to handle situations.
“There have been too many games with not enough centre-backs. We can’t sign someone just for a few weeks. In other positions we do have cover.”
In this position, we have Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Andre Wisdom currently fit, while Joel Matip, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez are returning. Lucas has proven he can do a job here, too.
Considering Klopp uses two centre-backs, we wouldn’t suggest this is a weak position. Matip could be ready for the start of the season, while Sakho and Gomez won’t be far behind.
The fact Moreno is going to be trusted so implicitly this term worries us, on the other hand.
Still, Klopp has indicated that the squad going into this season will be entirely his, and he’s happy to be judged upon their success. For this reason, we’re more than happy to let him get on with it. Clyne and Moreno have rarely struggled with injuries, so perhaps without Europe we really can rely on the pair throughout the campaign. After all, Spurs had only Harry Kane up top last term and got away with it – while at times all five of our forwards were crocked!