Rio Ferdinand identifies weakness for Liverpool in 2020/21 Premier League predictions


Rio Ferdinand reckons Liverpool could come down in the Premier League title’s first defense. The Reds won their first title in 30 years with a whopping 18 points last season and look well-positioned for another tall order.

Jurgen Klopp has so far only added a new face to his squad – left-back Kostas Tsimikas – while saying goodbye to center-back Dejan Lovren.

And Ferdinand believes Liverpool are playing a dangerous risk unless new additions come in this summer.

He said TEAMtalk : “No one can say Liverpool have had an abnormal season because they finished so far ahead of their rivals, but they have a big factor on their side that they cannot guarantee.

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“The key for them has been to keep their key players in good shape for the best part of two seasons.

“It’s been huge and what we still need to know is how they’re going to cope if they lose a few big names for an extended period.

“If they lose one of two of their players with big injuries, then we’ll see something else from them. ”

While Liverpool have had their fair share of injuries, most of their key stars have managed to avoid lengthy layoffs.

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The Reds’ top three Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah remained in good form, as did imposing center-half Virgil van Dijk.

There has been a lot of emphasis on Liverpool’s need to step up their save options, but it looks like Klopp won’t be making many more additions in the coming weeks, with the possible exception of the star’s arrival. Bayern Munich, Thiago Alcantara.

Chelsea have added their name to the title mix this season with a summer of huge investments leaving them well stocked in most areas of the pitch, while Man City’s strength at depth is well noted.

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All of Liverpool's top three have managed to avoid serious injuries in recent seasons
All of Liverpool’s top three have managed to avoid serious injuries in recent seasons

Ferdinand added: “When I look at the teams I’ve been playing for when we won titles every season at Manchester United, we’ve never had two seasons where all the top players were ready for the big games, so Liverpool have had a fortune there and obviously. doing things medically right so that their players are good.

“If they can continue to keep these players in good shape, I don’t see Liverpool being stopped this season, but it’s unlikely to happen year after year. If things change with the staff, it will open it up to other teams and not. just Man City. ”

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