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Rio Ferdinand praises Liverpool’s ‘amazing’ recruitment as key to their stunning form this season

‘It’s AMAZING what they’ve done’: Rio Ferdinand hails Liverpool’s recruitment as key to their stunning form this season… while Peter Crouch insists squad depth is keeping Jurgen Klopp’s men on course for a Quadruple

  • Liverpool are aiming to win an unprecedented quartet of trophies this season
  • Rio Ferdinand has identified the club’s recruitment policy as key to their success
  • Meanwhile, Peter Crouch hailed the strength in depth in Jurgen Klopp’s squad 

Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Liverpool’s recruitment strategy has been key to their sensational form this season. 

As well as being locked in a battle with Manchester City to win the Premier League, the Reds have already won the Carabao Cup, are in the final of the FA Cup and hold the advantage in their Champions League semi-final over Villarreal. 

Jurgen Klopp added Ibrahima Konate to the squad last summer and Luis Diaz joined from Porto in January, with both players making key contributions in recent weeks.  

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are aiming to win an unprecedented quartet of trophies this season

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are aiming to win an unprecedented quartet of trophies this season

Rio Ferdinand has identified the club's recruitment policy as key to their success under Klopp

Rio Ferdinand has identified the club’s recruitment policy as key to their success under Klopp

‘The recruitment, it’s amazing what they’ve done,’ Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport. ‘They don’t get many wrong. The important part is when players come through the door here, they improve. 

‘When Mane came here, you wouldn’t have said he was going to be a world class finisher. Mo Salah even when he came, you’d never imagine he’d be doing what’s he doing.’

Fellow pundit Peter Crouch emphasised how Liverpool’s impressive recruitment has improved their strength in depth to enable them to fight for an unprecedented quadruple.

Klopp has transformed the Reds since being appointed as manager in 2015

Klopp has transformed the Reds since being appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in 2015

‘Even when Liverpool won the league, if one or two players got injured they may have struggled,’ Crouch said. 

‘You can’t argue that now. There’s two players in every single position, it rivals Man City’s squad. It’s a credit to Jurgen Klopp, the recruitment department, everyone here at the club.’  

‘This season, virtually everybody has been fit through the season which makes a massive difference,’ Michael Owen added. 

Peter Crouch hailed the strength in depth in Liverpool's squad that has enabled their success

Peter Crouch hailed the strength in depth in Liverpool’s squad that has enabled their success

Luis Diaz joined from Porto in January and has made important contributions in recent weeks

Luis Diaz joined from Porto in January and has made important contributions in recent weeks

‘Added to that, they’ve signed one or two good players and let very few go so I think the squad now, no one can look it and say it’s a weak squad. It used to be reliant on 14, 15 players but now it’s a big squad.

‘Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard to pick the right players, but when you’ve got the right culture at the club, the right belief, fans behind you, it’s very hard to miss. You can put anyone in this Liverpool squad at the minute and they’ve got every box ticked.

‘I was talking to James Milner about Diaz and he said within seconds he was just up to speed. As soon as he went down in training he was up, he was just a Liverpool player straight away in the first training session. That’s what coming into a really good environment brings.’

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