They’re top of the league, blowing opponents with ease and their players are dominating all the headlines. How could they be in any form of disadvantage?
Well, this article wasn’t written with the present-day eye but one with a keen look to the future.
Squad depth is not something Liverpool are blessed with at the moment and this could come in play very soon – in December to be precise.
Liverpool could play nine matches in December as the Club World Cup kicks in, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The report claims that the Reds will play a semi-final clash on 18th December and will then play either a final or a third/fourth place game (Club World Cup) at the weekend.
So congested is their fixture list that they might have to postpone their Premier League clash against West Ham on 21st December due to their Club World Cup duties, and they could even play a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash on the week starting 16th December.
The Reds have been drawn in the third round of the cup competition against MK Dons, and it will be interesting to see how Klopp approaches the game.
It’s not looking good especially for an understaffed Liverpool squad.
Here’s how Liverpool’s December could be one to remember and a decisive month for their chances of major silverware this season – except you already count the UEFA Super Cup as a major trophy.
The Reds face Everton on 4th December, Bournemouth away on 7th December and then travel to Austria for their Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg.
Anfield will host Watford on 14th December before the possible Carabao Cup clash.
The Reds then travel to Qatar for the Club World Cup and return to Premier League action against Leicester on 26th December.
They’ll close out the month by facing Wolverhampton Wanderers on the 28th.
How December could affect their title aspirations
Well, firstly it doesn’t help that fellow title contenders, City, have three games less to play in the same 31-day span.
The fact that City even have better squad depth as it stands doesn’t help ease any wounds.
Liverpool have never won the Club World Cup and it’s largely expected Klopp won’t gamble and set out to use his best available side – meaning his squad could be outstretched and fatigue could even come into play.
Liverpool will then have the EPL, Champions League, Carabao Cup and Club World Cup to worry about in the same month and the added mental stress could affect their focus especially in the EPL.
With City playing two out of the big six in December(Arsenal and Manchester United), Liverpool cannot afford to drop any points as a slip up could mean City might open up a large gap between the Reds and the rest of the League(remaining top six and other clubs).
Although Klopp has recently claimed he has a quality side – that quality will be tested once the festive period starts.
A good omen for the Reds though is that they won all their December games last season, and if they do the same this time around, they will have a trophy to celebrate as well.
December is coming quick and it could be one to remember or one to forget for Klopp and his men.