Liverpool could have ‘ridiculous’ Champions League advantage this season – John Aldridge


The Champions League group stage draw takes place today and Liverpool are hopeful that the balls come out nicely for them given the unusual nature of this season’s competition. With six group matches virtually taking place midweek in a row between October and December, it will be a very intensive period for all English clubs involved in the Premier League games which obviously still take place on weekends.

It will be difficult, there is no escaping this but I’m encouraged by Liverpool’s fitness at the moment the energy levels against Arsenal were ridiculous.

The Champions League matches will be sold out and we will want to collect this trophy after the disappointment of going to Atletico Madrid as we did last season.

At the same time, we cannot afford to give up our standards in the Premier League because, especially after the start we had and how relentless we were last season, all the other teams will be desperately looking for a loophole. in our armor and you don’t want to give them even a glimmer of hope.

What’s crucial is having coverage all over the pitch and I think, especially with the signings of Thiago and Jota, that we have it now.

Anything can happen with injuries, a few are already missing at the moment, but that’s why you need to have different options and playing as many Carabao Cup rounds as soon as we have this season will help because part of the bangs players will have more minutes left than they normally would.

There is real depth to the team and I think we will need that as winter approaches because whether or not we get injured and you have to expect a few Klopp will want to manage fitness. players like he always does so that we are always brilliant in this new year and in the spring when the end of the season begins.

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You look at players who have barely featured this season like Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip as well as young guys like Curtis Jones and Neco Williams munching on the piece to show what they can do and that proves what a great Work Klopp, Michael Edwards and the recruiting team have been doing in recent years.

It will be interesting to see what the squad looks like before the transfer window closes early next week.

There has been talk throughout the summer that Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, Rhian Brewster, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic could move on and we know that in general the manager doesn’t like having a squad that is too big. because it is not always possible to do so. give everyone enough playing time.

It’s such an unusual season and while we may still see a couple of them go, I don’t think it’s the worst thing in the world if the team is a little bigger than normal just to give us that extra protection if we get hit with a big injury list.

If the offers don’t reach the right level the club wants, these guys have shown that they can do a job when it’s needed and it could just be coming in January and reviewing things.

* I don’t normally talk about politics but I can’t understand how this government is allowing people to go and mingle in pubs and restaurants with the increasing number of Covids, but parents and grandparents cannot stay outdoors on the sidelines to watch their children play soccer.

It doesn’t make sense that people can queue in supermarkets and the like with social distancing, but the same is not allowed on a soccer field with all the space and fresh air around it.

It is absolutely beyond me and I wanted to express my frustration on it because I know a lot of people will feel the same.

It’s not like there are hundreds of people there either, it’s a few dozen tops.

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I can’t figure it out and it’s not fair, but I just hope they can at least keep the kids playing football and things get their fingers crossed soon.


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