Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool are working on getting a stronger squad at Anfield, with injury issues severely hampering them this season.
Despite sitting third in the table, Klopp has had to deal with injuries to star names Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho throughout the course of the campaign.
With Champions League football still a distinct possibility next season, Klopp acknowledged that the Reds need to have greater depth to fight on more fronts ahead of Monday night’s clash at Watford.
Klopp was hampered with his options off the bench in Sunday’s surprise home defeat to Crystal Palace and is likely to have to turn to youth again at Vicarage Road.
“We are not surprised when Mane is sidelined, Lallana is sidelined, Henderson is sidelined, Sturridge is sidelined – we are not surprised about this [lack of depth of the bench].
“It was unlucky that all at the same moment we cannot use them.
“We still could have won the game, that’s how it is. We will learn, we are working on strengthening the squad, that’s clear.
“We can’t create a situation where great players can’t play any time. We had to create a squad for this season.
“The average age of the bench (last weekend) was 19.2 – not too experienced. With too many injuries we’ve had some problems.”
The good news for the Reds chief is that Lallana and Sturridge are both back in training and could feature on Monday night.