Steven Gerrard sends warning to Chelsea about summer signings
The Liverpool legend raises questions about Chelsea's squad depth ahead of the new season
Steven Gerrard has warned Antonio Conte that Chelsea don’t have the squad depth to cope with competing on four fronts this season.
The Blues lost their opening game of the 2017-18 season on Sunday afternoon following a penalty shootout defeat by Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley.
Chelsea took the lead in the second half through Victor Moses before Spain international Pedro Rodriguez was sent off for a mistimed challenge.
The defending champions conceded less than a minute later when Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac steered a header past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois and Alvaro Morata missed their efforts in the penalty shootout to hand the Community Shield trophy to Arsenal.
Chelsea have signed Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Morata so far this summer.
However, Conte has also sanctioned the exits of Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah, Bertrand Traoe, Kurt Zouma and Nemanja Matic to lose some important squad players.
Former Liverpool captain Gerrard believes the Chelsea boss needs to add more numbers to his squad if the Blues are to compete in four competitions this season.
“I think they need to add to the volume [of players],” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“With the Champions League, you need two quality players in every position and I think they’ve sold a lot of squad players or loaned players out.
“I don’t think they have the volume to cope with the number of games.”
Chelsea start the defence of their Premier League title with a home clash against Burnley next weekend.