Former defender Liverpool , John Arne Riise admitted doubt Liverpool can win the Premier League season 2021/22. He assessed that the depth of the Reds squad this season was not good enough so that it was difficult for them to become champions.
Since the start of the season, Liverpool has been a strong candidate for the 2021/22 EPL title. This is because the Reds have had a pretty good performance since the 2021/22 season was rolled out.
But lately Liverpool’s performance has begun to decline due to a storm of injuries in their midfield. Not to mention that in January they will be left behind by Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah who will compete in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Riise assesses this situation is not ideal for Liverpool to win the EPL this season.
Repeat Old Story
According to Riise, Liverpool’s injury storm still hasn’t stopped. So he thinks Liverpool’s back-up squad is not strong enough to compete if their core players are injured.
For example last season, they lost Van Dijk and a few players after that they had a hard time.”
“I’m afraid a situation like this will happen again this season. When their main players get injured or get suspended, then there’s also the Africa Cup of Nations so they can be in trouble.”
Lose to Rival
According to Riise, Liverpool’s rivals like Chelsea and Man City have better team depth than Liverpool. So he thinks they will be more likely to win than the Reds.
Because this can determine who will win the Premier League later,”
Especially when compared to Manchester City or Chelsea,” he said.
The impact of the depth of the Liverpool team was starting to be felt. The Reds began to stumble several times in the EPL event.
Before the international break yesterday, Liverpool fell at the headquarters of West Ham. They lost 3-2.
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United have struggled to get a consistent level of play since losing to Young Boys on the first matchday of the 2021/2022 Champions League group stage. After that, the Red Devils began to become familiar with defeat.
Between the defeats suffered by Bruno Fernandes and colleagues, there are two very decisive matches. United embarrassed Liverpool with a 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford. After that, United also lost to Man City at the same place.
Players Don’t Care!
Solskjaer has become the scapegoat for the poor results that United currently have. In fact, rumors of dismissal can not be dammed in recent weeks. According to Riise, this situation is unfair to Solskjaer.
“When things don’t go well, like now, it’s very easy to learn and manage but, at the same time, I’ve also seen United’s last three or four games and the attitude of the players. You can’t always blame the manager for what happened. ”
Nothing in the players. Look at the United players now, they don’t seem to care,” said the former Liverpool player.
Riise demanded United’s players fight even harder on the pitch. They should give a greater work ethic. In addition, the Norwegian national team legend also wants Paul Pogba and colleagues to take on more responsibility.
“But, at the end of the day, they are paid dearly to do the job and to support the manager and play for the fans.”