Carragher: Liverpool would suffer in the Champions League

Anfield Kop

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has stated that the club require greater quality in numbers in order to begin campaigning domestically and abroad.

Liverpool's last Champions League contest was in 2009, a 2-1 loss suffered at Anfield against Fiorentina. Regardless of the result they could have achieved that day, the Reds would still have been eliminated from the group stage of the competition to transition into the Europa League.

The build-up to a big night in Europe's premier club tournament is surely something the Kop misses and longs for, especially as there are few atmospheres as exciting as those generated on Merseyside and, with 43 points returned from 22 match-days in the Premier League, Liverpool are currently in fourth position - favourably placed for a real push to finish inside the qualification spots for next season's competition.

Jamie Carragher, 35, a Champions League winner in Istanbul in 2005, however, does not believe the current roster that Brendan Rodgers possesses is strong enough to campaign on an additional front and claims that, due to cumulative injuries that are a consequence of participating in extra matches, the club will need to fortify their ranks in the summer.

'Liverpool would suffer in the Champions League,' said Carragher on Monday Night Football.

'You get more injuries the more games you play. They need a bigger squad. It's vital they get that Champions League football [as] Liverpool have gone too long without it. They do need more quality whether it's numbers or on the bench so they can bring them on [and change a game].'

Liverpool are currently linked with a number of recruits including Mohamed Salah, Yann M'Vila and Antonio Candreva.

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