On Sky Sports’ show The Debate, former Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer spoke about Philippe Coutinho and the impact his departure has had on Liverpool.
Schwarzer believes taking the man once known as “the Little Magician” out of the picture has actually helped Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane connect better, build a better understanding between them, and hasn’t disrupted the Reds attacking potency much, if it all.
Comparing Liverpool to their Champions League quarterfinal opponents Manchester City, the former Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham shot-stopper pointed out that Liverpool do not have the squad depth that City have.
“Manchester City are able to play at a high level because they have players who can come in and keep them at the same high level. They (Liverpool) have shown, on isolated moments, that they can match the best and Manchester City are the best at the moment. Over two legs Liverpool need to show they can do it”, he said.
The Australian has also praised the work manager Jurgen Klopp has done so far. He says Liverpool are progressing with each season, and this term they’ve stepped up again.
In the end, the only worry he expressed in that regard was whether Liverpool would be able to beat off the interest of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus, should any of these clubs come calling for Salah, who is set to become “hot property” after a phenomenal first season at the club – a season that has so far seen him score 29 goals in the Premier League alone.