Liverpool’s subtitute bench from Jurgen Klopp’s first match now looks laughable astonishing

Manchester City may be the best side the Premier League has ever seen but they could have a genuine challenger this season.

City won the league by a record 19 points last campaign, with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United sustaining their title challenge until about December.

But many fans and pundits believe that it will be Liverpool pushing Pep Guardiola’s side close this time around.

Liverpool were a massive 25 points behind the eventual champions last season but, after adding Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, they’re now second favourites for the title.

And Liverpool didn’t do their title credentials any harm on the opening weekend of the season, thrashing West Ham 4-0.

New signings Alisson and Keita impressed while goals from Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and a brace from Sadio Mane sealed a comfortable win.

But it wasn’t just the XI players on the pitch that Liverpool fans were pleased with. They noticed the seven players sitting on the substitutes bench.

Squad depth has always been a problem for Liverpool in recent years but it seems that is no longer a concern.

The bench on Sunday against the Hammers read: Loris Karius, Fabinho, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Shaqiri and Sturridge.

So how does that compare to the bench during Klopp’s very first Liverpool match against Spurs on October 2015?

Well, the transformation in less than three years is quite astonishing.

The bench during that 0-0 draw was: Adam Bogan, Kolo Toure, Connor Randall, Joao Teixeira, Joe Allen, Jerome Sinclair and Jordon Ibe.

That just sums up the difference Klopp has made since he’s been at Liverpool.

This current Liverpool squad is one of the strongest they’ve had in the Premier League era as they look to win their first ever Premier League title.

With the quality at Klopp’s disposal, Man City will have to be at their very best to win it for a second consecutive year.