Oh for fucks sake. We obviously have an amazing team spirit, are incredibly well coached, and have quality where it counts, in virtually ever part of the park. We're the best version of Liverpool I've ever seen in my life. Do we really need to write caveats like that in a thread where people are assessing the squad depth of another team, and applying the same criticism to our own? It's not exactly a giant mental leap. I'm a firm believer that football is very probabilistic,and that's the magic of it. You run last season again a bunch of times, we win it sometimes, we lose the league by even more other times, we win the champions league , we lose it. Klopp seems to believe much the same. And yes, I quite liked our timeline last year. City could scarcely have performed better, and us likewise. I think if both of our teams play at their absolute best, last season, they were slightly better than us. That's basically what we saw play out, but what we also saw is that our team looks jaded in fixture congestion, and that our immense will isn't an adequate substitute for substitutes. So we drop off a bit. And it wouldn't matter, if no one else was sniffing around, but they were. We haven't resolved that issue this year. Maybe that's fine. We've already weathered losing our keeper, and City are clearly not up to the same level thus far. But the odds would be better for us, if some of the worst case scenarios were better dealt with in terms of subs. Our team doesn't look anywhere near as effective playing other systems, and our most common system lacks adequate replacements in certain positions. Recognizing that doesn't make me some doom-mongering misery.