Liverpool have had terrible luck with injuries this season but should have prepared better by adding greater depth to their squad in the summer.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Liverpool confirmed that skipper Jordan Henderson will be until at least April with a groin problem.
He picked up the injury in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Everton, their first loss to their Merseyside rivals at Anfield in the 21st century.
That result sees Jurgen Klopp’s side slip to 6th in the league, five points outside the top-four just eight months after sealing the title with 99 points.
Phillips lamented Liverpool’s bad luck with injuries and can’t believe Henderson is now out for an extended period on top of all the long-term defender absentees.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Everyone’s having their say on Liverpool, including you and I because that’s our job. But ultimately, it just goes from bad to worse with Henderson coming off now.
“They’ve been hit with injuries so badly. I think what it does do is highlight the size of their squad, maybe their depth of quality isn’t quite at the level of Man City’s so that might be something they need to look at.
“Maybe it’s something they should have looked at last summer, to be honest.
“I think it’s a combination of things which has just got worse at the weekend with Jordan getting injured. It’s Amazing that Liverpool are just having to concentrate on getting in that-top four. Crazy after watching them last season.”
Liverpool’s hopes for the rest of the season now hinge on finishing in the top-four and competing in the Champions League knockout stages.
They stand a good chance of getting through to the quarter-finals in Europe after winning their round-of-16 first-leg tie 2-0 away to RB Leipzig.