Neville and Carragher in agreement over Liverpool concern in new season

Sky Sports punditry pair Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher both feel that there is a danger of the Liverpool squad becoming a little stale in the coming Premier League season.

The Reds have only added Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas this summer, with the former Olympiakos man signed to provide competition for first-choice Andy Robertson.

Liverpool are going into the 2020/21 campaign as reigning champions for the first time in 30 years, and with the success coming off the back of their 2019 Champions League win.

And while Neville thinks they will go close again, he says the addition of a new player such as Thiago Alcantara, who they have been strongly linked with, could make a big difference.

"Liverpool are the team to catch," Neville told Sky Sports.

"There's no doubt it will become a stress for them.

"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."

Former Reds defender Carragher concurred with Neville's assessment.

"If Liverpool don't win the league this season, I don't think it will be because they will have lacked motivation," said Carragher.

"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."

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