Jurgen Klopp on whether Liverpool FC have strong enough bench to challenge

The German spent £160m recruiting new players this summer in a bid to close the 25-point gap between Liverpool FC and last season’s title winners Man City

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp has insisted his squad is ready for the long-haul after a summer’s intense recruitment saw him bring in four new players ahead of the new season.

Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri all joined in the summer as Liverpool FC looked to bring the title back to Merseyside for the first time in 30 years.

And Klopp has said that he believes his squad can fight for silverware, though this does mean he will have to leave certain players on the bench.

Klopp told the Liverpool FC’s website: “As long as the boys stay fit, we have. We have still good boys who are not even in the squad in the moment.

“It’s not too nice for the boys but good times for us, hopefully it stays like this and then we are prepared for a hard fight.”

Fabinho is the perfect example of this.

With the forward lines fluctuating form, Shaqiri has found playing time easy to come by, having turned out five times for Liverpool FC since he has joined.

Alisson and Keita have also found themselves with plenty of first-team minutes and have already imprinted themselves on Liverpool FC’s playing style, but Fabinho has been left out in the cold somewhat.

Crucial to Monaco’s recent successes both domestically and in Europe, England’s top clubs had been battling for the Brazilians signature for multiple transfer windows.

However, he has turned out just twice since arriving at Anfield, once in the Champions League, and once in the League Cup.

If Liverpool FC aim to compete on all fronts, then Fabinho will be as crucial as any new signing, but Klopp will have a man management job on his hands to keep the Brazilian on his toes.

Indeed, changes may be afoot after Liverpool dropped their first points of the season, drawing 1-1 with fellow unbeaten side Chelsea FC on Saturday.

Klopp has been his usual jovial self in interviews, but did make a point of Chelsea FC’s defensive tactics which were supposed to be obsolete under new boss Maurizio Sarri,

He continued: “If not then it’s a bit more difficult, but I really liked the game today, come on. That’s how football should be.

“1-0, and then one team controls the game and the other one doesn’t want to attack so that was really a big race for both, I love that.

“So let’s go home and recover and fly to Napoli.”

Liverpool face Napoli in the second match day of the group phase of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

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