Carragher is right - Manchester United do have better squad depth than Liverpool
Manchester United have a better squad in terms of depth than table-toppers Liverpool, according to Anfield icon Jamie Carragher, on Monday Night Football, as reported by Goal.
Jurgen Klopp’s side looked leggy once more in their second straight 1-1 Premier League draw, against West Ham last night, leading Carragher to raise concerns about Liverpool’s squad depth.
Is Carragher right? We’ve taken a look at the options available to both Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it is hard to disagree.
United’s spending power may not have created the most balanced squad, but there is depth, quality and variety in abundance…
As good as Alisson has been at Anfield, David de Gea remains the best goalkeeper in the world and has recaptured his form under Solskjaer.
In terms of back-ups, Sergio Romero is as good as they come in the Premier League, while Liverpool are one injury away from relying on Simon Mignolet to see out a title challenge – which would be far from ideal.
Liverpool have done some exceptional defensive recruitment work in recent times, and Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are the best in their respective positions in the division.
But while loaning out Nathaniel Clyne has left Liverpool short at right-back, United have Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Diogo Dalot and Matteo Darmian to fill that role – the latter trio can all cover Luke Shaw at left-back too – while Klopp’s only real cover for Robertson is Alberto Moreno.
United have five international central defenders – it’s just that they are rarely fit – and the likes of Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are comparable with Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren.
Paul Pogba is the pick of the bunch here, although Gigi Wijnaldum has had the most consistent season and it must be said that Liverpool do have a host of energetic options in the engine room.
United are perhaps one light in the midfield department, and both sides have diminutive left-footed alternatives in reserve – Xherdan Shaqiri and Juan Mata.
United’s attack has been transformed under Solskjaer, but Liverpool’s front line has been on another level for a season and a half under Klopp now.
But beyond the first choice trios, United are streets ahead in terms of options. Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Adam Lallana aren’t of the same calibre as Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, who remain better choices despite disappointing campaigns so far.
Overall, United look better equipped to deal with the inevitable issues that come when fatigue, injuries and suspensions kick in when European football returns – which bodes well if a new manager can put us back on the trophy trail next season…