Liverpool may copy Man City in squad building claim - Hutton

By Alan Hutton

11th May, 2022 | 9:01am

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Alan Hutton has suggested Jurgen Klopp could copy Manchester City by improving the “squad depth” at Liverpool.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the lack of rotation at Anfield may have contributed to the Reds’ 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Saturday.

Klopp’s men came from behind to salvage a point versus the Lilywhites, though they returned to winning ways on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Seven Liverpool players have made 46 appearances or more this season, with Jordan Henderson top of the pile with 52.

Only three Man City players have played as many games, with goalkeeper Ederson among those.

Hutton hailed City’s outstanding squad depth and suggested Klopp may look to copy Pep Guardiola moving forward.

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Asked if he thought the demands of the season are starting to catch up with the squad, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Possibly. They were a little bit off it in terms of the standards that they set themselves.

“It can happen, you can have days like this. Spurs was probably one of the hardest games that they were going to come up against. It was always going to be a difficult game, knowing the way that Tottenham play. They like to sit in, hit you on the counter, wait for the spaces behind the full-back.

“It was always going to be a difficult task for them. In terms of the squad, Klopp does make some rotation but not in the main positions. So you’re going to have off days, if you like. Liverpool will know that.

“City have got such a strong squad and strength in depth. Anybody that comes in is arguably just as good. The problem with that is trying to keep those top players happy.

“I think what Liverpool have got works. They do rotate in midfield and the forwards. The back four, one maybe tends to come in and out at centre-half. The full-backs tend to stay the same throughout the season.

“Pep Guardiola likes to rotate in every possession. That’s just one of those things that’s worked for him. Maybe moving forward it’s something that Jurgen Klopp will look to rectify. It just depends as a manager, you decide what kind and size of squad you want to work with.”

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