By Matt Farr
Terry McDermott believes Liverpool have the strongest side in the Premier League.
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had claimed earlier in the season that Mauricio Pochettino boasted the strongest side in the English top flight.
But Anfield legend McDermott has rubbished Redknapp’s bold claim, insisting that Liverpool have the strongest team in the division.
However, he did admit that Jurgen Klopp’s current Liverpool side were far from the finished article.
He told the Mirror: “Harry Redknapp reckons Tottenham’s first choice XI is the best team in the Premier League, but I’ve got no doubt that Liverpool have the strongest team.
“It’s the strength in depth which isn’t quite there yet. That’s what hurt us in the new year.
“They managed to cope when Philippe Coutinho was injured, but then Sadio Mane went off to the Africa Cup of Nations and they went on a horrific run, and unfortunately we fell away.”
While McDermott’s comments somewhat flatter Liverpool, they are not likely to sit well with Tottenham fans.
The White Hart Lane faithful have enjoyed watching their impressive side establish themselves as one of the most consistent sides in the Premier League, and emerge as one of the main threats in the title race.
They are currently 10 points adrift of Chelsea in second place, but they are ahead of the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as three points clear of Liverpool.
But Tottenham fans will also find particular fault in McDermott’s claims that Liverpool have the strongest side, given the majority of Spurs players have outshone their Anfield counterparts this season.
The Spurs defence has performed far better than Liverpool’s this season, with Tottenham conceding 15 fewer goals, while the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have not been hiding in the shadows like Coutinho.
Liverpool’s 24-year-old attacking star has struggled since returning from an ankle injury in the new year, and has contributed just one goal and one assist from 13 appearances in all competitions.
Alli, meanwhile, has scored six goals and supplied three assists since Coutinho made his return.
Tottenham goalscorer Harry Kane has also outperformed all of Liverpool’s attacking threats with 19 league goals from just 22 matches.
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