‘We’ve got a stronger bench and a stronger XI,’ Liverpool man hails summer spending

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Liverpool are better equipped to win a trophy this season according to their first-team coach.

Liverpool first-team coach Mike Marsh believes the Reds have more in their armoury to challenge for the Premier League title this season than they did last year.

The former player has been speaking to Liverpool’s official website, revealing what he thought of the club’s summer transfer business and the way the Reds began the new campaign.

Speaking after Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Southampton last weekend, Marsh said, “It’s always important if you can get the first three points on the board. So it was nice to come out as winners on Sunday and we’re off and running.”

A number of players have arrived at Anfield this summer, and the transfer activity may not be over yet. But what has Marsh made of Brendan Rodgers’ additions?

“We’ve got more depth in the squad,” he said. “We’ve got more choice to pick from and we’ve got a stronger bench and a stronger XI.

“Obviously we’ve lost Luis Suarez, who has gone to Barcelona, but we’ve made eight signings and that strengthens us.”

So it appears that while one of the world’s best players has left for pastures new, Marsh believes Liverpool are stronger overall following a summer of significant change.

Strength in depth is vital for any title-challenging side and Rodgers certainly has that now, with a number of impressive additions and a defence that looks far more resilient than it did last season.

Champions League participation has also played its part in the recruitment drive.

“You can’t go into the Champions League with the squad we had last year,” Marsh added, “because we would have been a bit thin on the ground. We had to make some new additions.”

Now the trick is to get them playing like a team which, given the quality of the new recruits, should only be a matter of time.

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