Emile Heskey has sent Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp a message over their title credentials.
The Reds have arguably the best starting XI on paper but when key players are out due to injury or suspension as they may be this weekend due to FIFA’s ban due to Brazil’s request, they look a lot weaker.
Yet, Jurgen Klopp will argue that his side will have enough to beat most sides on any given day and the German would be right.
“In terms of the actual team then yes, I think Liverpool can compete, but in terms of the squad depth, probably not,” he told bookmakers.co.uk.
“It’s tough to bring players in if you’re not going to get rid of players too, that is key to a lot of squads. It’s not always about who you want to come in, it’s who you’re trying to get out before you can bring your targets in.
“When we’re talking about squad depth, we mean who the manager can look to on his bench to come into a game.”
Yet, with Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah still fit, the Reds will still fancy their odds against Leeds United especially given that Marcelo Bielsa will also be without Raphinha for the game.
Heskey does have a point though. Over the course of the season, Liverpool will battle to match the likes of Manchester City, United and Chelsea after only signing Ibrahima Konate compared to their rivals £100m+ transfer spends.
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to spend big to win trophies but the Reds are in a tricky position where they are now without Roberto Firmino for a month and if Jota, Mane or Salah get injured, they’ll be in a seriously worrying position.