Brendan Rodgers on one area Liverpool have improved from last season

Liverpool’s substitutes have had a positive impact in recent weeks.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers feels his side have more match-winners on the bench this season when analysing his squad’s strength in depth compared to the previous season.

"For the first two years we didn't have the possibility to change the momentum of a game. This year we plainly do,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

"It's so important in the modern game to have a bench that can come on and affect the game. That happened today, which was great.”

Is Liverpool’s decision to focus on quantity last summer paying off?

The Reds embarked on a big-money spending spree last summer after finally deciding to sell off star striker Luis Suarez to La Liga giants Barcelona.

Replacing the Uruguayan’s goals was also going to be a problem, and to juggle the strains of Premier League and European football Brendan Rodgers opted for quantity.

The Northern Irishman brought in as many as eight new players on permanent deals, three of those coming from fellow Premier League side Southampton.

It was a risk, and it’s fair to say in the early stages of the campaign it was one which failed to pay off as inconsistent performances resulted in an early Champions League exit.

However, on the domestic front, the Merseysiders had a good League Cup run and a recent surge up the Premier League table combined with FA Cup progress has lifted the mood around Anfield.

Much of the Reds’ recent success has come as a result of the strength in depth available to Rodgers and his ability to use his bench players in order to impact results.

Against Tottenham Hotspur, Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli came off the bench and combined for the winning goal which secured the Reds an enthralling 3-2 victory.

Four days later and Italian striker Balotelli again came off the bench, changing the complexion of Sunday’s FA Cup tie and instigating a come-from-behind victory over Crystal Palace in South London.

The loss of Suarez and Steven Gerrard’s impending exit may well harm the quality of the first-team XI, but squad strength in football is vital when challenging on all fronts - a place where the Reds desire to be.

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