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Liverpool out of their depth?

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Is Mourinho playing mind games?  (©GettyImages)
Is Mourinho playing mind games? (©GettyImages).

Jose Mourinho has never shied away from stirring the Premier League pot.

So it was no surprise the Portuguese man was at it again this week, adding fuel to the fire with comments regarding Brendan Rodgers Liverpool, claiming they "lack depth" in regards to their title challenge.

The former Real Madrid coach took the time to pressurise the Anfield club, insisting: "Liverpool are probably the club with least resources because, while their team looks as strong as the others, their squad doesn’t look quite so strong."

He continue: "At the same time, they don’t play in European competition, so they only play one match a week, so they are training, preparing and resting for the weekend match while the rest of us are playing in Europe."

Although some Liverpool fans would disagree, and claim that not being in Europe is more beneficial than having a big squad. The fact of the matter is, should Liverpool's key men succumb to injury, it will most likely coincide with a loss in form.

If you compare Liverpool's second XI today with that of any of their rivals, the only team they come close to touching is Arsenal, who beat them 2-0 last weekend.

Brendan Rodgers has already mentioned it will take time to build a squad worthy of title contention. But with a promising start this year fans are already salivating at what could be, raising the expectations in the process.

Should Liverpool lose one of the influential trio of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge, it is unlikely that Iago Aspas, Joe Allen or Victor Moses will be capable of filling the gaping hole.

In comparison to Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham, who have a wealth of squad depth at their disposal, Liverpool will be required sign big in January, should they wish to maintain their challenge this season.

In fact, it may be more realistic for the side to be aiming to finish just outside the top four, given the investment made by their rivals. Plus with more expectant signings to be sought by their rivals in January, things are only going to get harder for the red half of Merseyside.

The Kop will be buoyed by their form of late, and if the likes of Suarez and co can remain fit for the entire campaign, then their fate really is in their own hands.

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