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4th Mar, 2017 | 8:34pm

BBC pundit: This is why Liverpool aren't close to Chelsea

By Harvey Byrne

Former Liverpool man and BBC pundit David Thompson believes the reason the Reds aren’t closer to Chelsea is due to poor squad depth.

The Merseyside giants earned a crucial 3-1 win over close rivals Arsenal on Saturday evening, lifting them up to third place in the league table.

However, they still sit 11 points behind league leaders Chelsea and Thompson has shared it’s due to a lack of depth in the Reds’ ranks.

Jurgen Klopp failed to make a single signing in the previous transfer window and Thompson believes it has cost the famous English side.

“If you look at this Liverpool squad, it is generally a Brendan Rodgers squad with only two or three that Jurgen Klopp has signed himself,” told Thompson to the BBC match blog (7.43pm).

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“The reason why Liverpool are not closer to Chelsea is the squad depth. If Liverpool get Champions League football that would be a great thing as they have not strengthened in January.

“They have a few square pegs in round holes.”

Liverpool have had a disastrous start to 2017 after finishing 2016 in second place and six points behind Chelsea after a 1-0 victory over Manchester City.

The win against Arsenal has marked just their second league victory in eight matches since the City result.

They will now be hoping to start a winning run and their next clash sees them take on a Burnley side at Anfield who have won just two points away from home all season.

Additionally, they will be looking to now cement their place in the top four after two years without Champions League football.

In other Liverpool news, Danny Murphy has given a title verdict on the Reds, which will disappoint fans.

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