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John Arne Riise ‘SCARED’ Liverpool don’t have the depth of squad to win the Premier League

‘I don’t think we’re strong enough in depth’ – Liverpool legend John Arne Riise is ‘SCARED’ that Jurgen Klopp’s team doesn’t have what it takes to compete with Chelsea and Man City in the race for him Premier League title

  • Liverpool are currently behind Chelsea and Manchester City in the title race
  • The Reds lost 3-2 to West Ham and now rank fourth in the table, four points off the top.
  • John Arne Riise worries Liverpool don’t have the squad to compete well
  • Riise thinks losing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to AFCON could be crucial


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Liverpool legend John Arne Riise worries that his former club is not “strong enough in depth” to keep up with Manchester City and Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds suffered a setback last week in their quest to claim the top flight title, losing 3-2 to West Ham to slide to fourth in the table, four points behind leaders Chelsea.

It was Liverpool’s first league loss in 25 games, with the Reds clinging to the top four at the end of last season, but Riise believes that Klopp’s men could keep fighting if an injury crisis emerges like the one did. last season.

John Arne Riise is 'scared' Liverpool don't have enough depth for the top flight title race

John Arne Riise is ‘scared’ Liverpool don’t have enough depth for the top flight title race

Riise (above) believes the title could be decided by who has the best team and the fewest injuries

Riise (above) believes the title could be decided by who has the best team and the fewest injuries

Riise (above) believes the title could be decided by who has the best team and the fewest injuries

“I’m a little concerned about the depth of the team,” Riise told talkSPORT. ‘I don’t think we have the best, the best players when we lose (players). Like last season, when we lost (Virgil) Van Dijk and some other players, you could see that we had problems.

‘I’m afraid it could be the same this year. When people are injured, suspended or even for the African Cup of Nations when we lose some players, I am a little concerned that this is where the title is headed.

“I don’t think we are strong enough in depth in the long run with Manchester City or Chelsea.”

The Reds lost key defenders Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk to long-term knee injuries, while Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson struggled to stay in shape last season, seriously hurting Liverpool’s title defense.

Jurgen Klopp's team (above) lost 3-2 to West Ham to put the Reds fourth in the league table.

Jurgen Klopp's team (above) lost 3-2 to West Ham to put the Reds fourth in the league table.

Jurgen Klopp’s team (above) lost 3-2 to West Ham to put the Reds fourth in the league table.

Liverpool will lose Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (right) in early January to AFCON

Liverpool will lose Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (right) in early January to AFCON

Liverpool will lose Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (right) in early January to AFCON

WHAT GAMES * COULD YOU MISS SALAH AND MANE FOR THE LIVERPOOL?

December 28: Leicester City (a) – league

January 2: Chelsea (a) – league

January 9: FA Cup third round (to be confirmed)

Jan 15: Brentford (home) – league

January 22: Crystal Palace (a) – league

January 29: FA Cup fourth round

Feb 9: Leicester City (home) – league

February 12: Burnley (a) – league

* In case Egypt and Senegal go far in AFCON

Klopp’s team fell to eighth in the Premier League table with ten games to go, but the German coach was able to steer the boat to finish in third place.

This season, Liverpool have managed to avoid multiple major injuries so far, with promising midfielder Harvey Elliott the only long-term absentee with a broken ankle.

Thiago Alcantara has also struggled to keep fit with a calf problem this season, but returned to the field against West Ham.

But the 2020 Premier League winners will lose Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita at the African Cup of Nations in early January, potentially damaging their title hopes.

The Liverpool trio could miss up to eight games for the Reds should their respective countries go far in the tournament, with reports claiming that Premier League players may have to start missing games after Boxing Day.

Salah and Mane are expected to miss a decisive Premier League title clash against Chelsea on January 2, along with two clashes with Brendan Rodgers ‘Leicester and the start of the Reds’ FA Cup challenge.

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