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Does David Moyes Have A Point About Liverpool's Current Team Strength?

Does David Moyes Have A Point About Liverpool's Current Team Strength?

With Liverpool now six wins from six in the Premier League, two points ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp's men look set for their first proper title challenge in years.

A defensive solidity has now been instilled in their game, with Alisson's goal only breached twice in the Premier League so far.

But one man who thinks that a Premier League title will still elude them this season is former Everton manager David Moyes.

Moyes was speaking on Goals On Sunday and cast doubt on Liverpool's chances of ending their 28 year wait for a league title:

No, I don't think so.

I think they've got a really good team, but you look back at teams over the years at Liverpool and they had great teams, when it was Alonso, Mascherano, Gerrard and Torres up front.

This is a good Liverpool team as well - I don't know if it's quite as good as that team at that time. They're playing a good style, with forward players who are exceptional, and because of that I think they're a real threat.

That Moyes cited the Liverpool team that he came up against (and lost) is interesting, and while it's true that Liverpool had an exceptional midfield back then, the overall depth of the squad was lacking.

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This was the Liverpool squad from the 2008/09 season, when the Reds were pipped to 1st by United by four points:

This is Liverpool's current squad:

Looking at both line-ups it becomes clear that Moyes' claim is not a far fetched one, based off the first team at least. Liverpool's midfield at the time was one of the best in Europe. Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger would have been in their pomp, with Reina a top keeper at the time. Arbeloa would later go on to great success with Real Madrid, and Fabio Aurelio was a steady left back with a wand of a left foot.

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Granted there was not a lot of competition up front with Gerrard and Torres the preferred combination, but what a pairing. Benayoun, Babel, Kuyt and Keane were not bad players to call upon either, though not of the calibre of Liverpool's current front three.

But returning to Liverpool's midfield from 2008/09, and it's hard to argue that they would not have overrun Liverpool's current selection of Wijnaldum, Milner and Keita.

The real difference between the two squads is evident when it comes to the bench. When Rafael Benitez  had the likes of Ryan Babel, Damien Plessis, David Ngog and Philipe Degen to call upon, Jurgen Klopp's bench has the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge waiting in the wings.

But what do the fans think? Predictably they think that Moyes is full of shite, at least judging by the majority of replies to his video on Twitter:

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But despite this, perhaps Moyes has a point in that the 2008/09 Liverpool side, who only lost two games all season, might just come out on top against the current crop of talent. Maybe.

 

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Eoin Lyons

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