Ex-Liverpool striker says lack of depth could have been key in title race

The former striker wondered how his side were as high as second in the table

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has bemoaned the lack of depth at the club this season, and has said that along with naivety could be one of the reasons the Reds fell short in the title race.

Liverpool started the season as 25/1 outsiders to become champions, and ended up falling two points short of their first title in 24 years, with Manchester City winning their second Premier League crown in three years.

But Aldridge said a lack of depth, naivety and some back luck could have been reasons his old side fell short, but said they had a magnificent season.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: “There were times this season when I looked at our bench and thought ‘how on earth are we in the top two of the Premier League?’

“The problem was that last summer we brought in too many players who weren’t good enough. Cissokho, Moses, Aspas and Alberto weren’t up to the task.

“I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will look at that and the club’s scouting network because we can’t have a repeat of that, especially with the added demands of the Champions League.”

Aldridge also praised the club for its incredible run in the second half of the season, especially the last 14 games where Liverpool only dropped five points, and he insisted the side didn’t blow the title, more like they pushed Manchester City all the way.

But it is interesting that he notes the signings from the summer, which probably makes the season Liverpool had all the more incredible. The club probably had to settle for second best in the transfer market because they didn’t have the attraction of Champions League football, whereas this summer it should be different.

Let’s not forget, last summer Liverpool made a bid for Diego Costa, who looks as if he is on his way to Chelsea this summer after a terrific season for Atletico Madrid. They were also interested in Willian who ended up at Stamford Bridge whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan caught the eye of those at Anfield, only to end up at Borussia Dortmund.

Maybe it wasn’t a case of the scouting system, but more to do with the lack of Champions League football being unable to attract players of calibre required.

There have been times when fans have looked to Liverpool’s bench this season and it appears that no-one has had the quality to influence the game but given that some of the players who were linked with the club last summer, the scouting network didn’t seem to be too much of a problem.

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