Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are both in agreement that Liverpool’s squad is in danger of becoming a little stale.
Last season’s runners-up, Manchester City, have added Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres to their squad, while Chelsea have added no fewer than seven new players to their playing roster from last season.
Joining Frank Lampard’s side for the new season are Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Xavier Mbuyamba, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz.
Jurgen Klopp’s side ruthlessly swept aside all before them last season, and ended up finishing the campaign a whopping 18 points clear of City.
But so far this summer have only added Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas, with the former Olympiakos man signed to provide competition for first-choice Andy Robertson.
And while Neville still believes the Reds will be the side to catch this season, he does think adding a new player such as Thiago Alcantara, could make a big difference.
“Liverpool are the team to catch,” he told Sky Sports. “There’s no doubt it will become a stress for them.
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“They’ve had the same players for almost three seasons now, Champions League final, Champions League victory, going so close in the Premier League but then winning the league.
“It’s a massive demand psychologically, mentally and physically to place upon the players without stimulating them again.
“My only thing this season would be that demand of the same squad, the same players, the same message, the same relationships and the same jokes for two or three years without that something slightly different in the dressing room and that addition.
“Just sometimes it can become a bit draining and the idea of Thiago coming to Liverpool is a big moment because it deals with all those issues that can occur after two or three seasons.”
While Kop icon Carragher agreed with Neville’s assessment, adding:”If Liverpool don’t win the league this season, I don’t think it will be because they will have lacked motivation.
“This Liverpool team went to a Champions League final, came back the next year and won it, then went on to win the Premier League.
“The only worry for Liverpool is that the team hasn’t changed too much. Sometimes you just need a bit of freshness adding to it, mentally as much as anything. It will be interesting to see if they get a signing or two across the line.”