Two seasons at the highest level. First in 2019, the roof of Europe, then a year later a walk to the trophy in the Premier League after 30 years of fasting. All with more or less the same players. No rotations. The same team that brought the Champions League trophy to the Beatles city in the final against Tottenham at Wanda Metropolitan, would very likely run in last week's derby with Manchester City, only if Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip were out of action for almost the entire season.
Even Joe Gomez was injured for a long time, so Liverpool has been playing without a real defender for a long time, which is only one of the reasons why the Reds were humiliated on Sunday and are currently lagging ten points behind Manchester City.
Anemic, listless, worn out, and saturated. This could briefly describe the body language of Liverpool players in the past few months. How could not? The eleven of them have carried most of the last two seasons on their shoulders.
Jurgen Klopp almost did not change the winning combination.
Carragher on his ex-team
Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane expressed their opinion, and we would completely agree with him, emphasizing in the previous days that the Reds do not have a high-quality bench on which to rely.
"The reserve players were not good enough, there are a lot of players who got the opportunity especially in the game against Brighton, where Brighton was a better team." "Milner, Shaqiri, Origi. There would be no place for them in Manchester City and United, and even nor in the Leicester team.
Central defenders are a huge problem, but other parts of the team are not up to the challenge, "Keane said recently and continued on the same topic after the defeats by City and Carragher. All with more or less the same players.
No rotations. The same team that brought the Champions League trophy to the Beatles city in the final against Tottenham at Wanda Metropolitan, would very likely run in last week's derby with Manchester City, only if Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip were out of action for almost the entire season.
"People can be critical of Liverpool because Jurgen Klopp doesn't rotate. It's just that Liverpool doesn't have the quality and broad staff to do that. If they rotated players, they wouldn't have won either the 2019 Champions League or the 2020 title."
The Liverpool legend soon presented the way in which Liverpool could solve the problem of saturation and return to the level it was in the last three years - the current champion of England needs new players. One in each team line, so that the roster expands and Klopp finally gets the option to rotate more. They even jumped into the starting lineup.