Remember *loads* of people in the summer saying we didnt need a bigger squad because we had no European football and even back then it was clearly rubbish.
Injuries happen, we were aiming to be back in Europe next season anyway, and our squad was/is thin and needed more.
No European footie though mate, it was prudent.
How big is big enough?
And when does too big become more difficult to manage in terms of squad morale?
We are nearly 5 months into the season and we only have 5 players in our squad that have started 20 games or more this season. That's not a massive work load. On average, it's 5 games a month at most.
The following 1st team squad members have made the following number of starts this season. That's 8 1st team members who've started less than 15 games each in 5 months. They are spread across defensive, midfield and attacking positions. Injuries have played a part here. But that doesn't explain the whole story. It's the strength of the squad and number of games that dictate mainly why the likes of Sturridge, Can, Origi, Moreno, Grujic, Lucas haven't started very often so far.
Matip 14 starts
Emre Can 13
If we bought more players in the summer then how many starts would they have had? And at the expense of who? There's only limited number of games and you can't just stock pile a few extras players just incase.
We can talk about squad composition and that not being correct. There's probably some discussion there to be had. Primarily around the alternatives in the squad when Mane and Henderson are absent.
It's pretty obvious that Klopp wanted to keep the core of last year's squad and add to it over the summer. It probably helped us hit the ground running during a difficult start to the season. Incorporating more players, following a Euro's and Copa America, may have been detrimental.
Could we have done more in the summer? Maybe. Though I don't think it's purely about having more numbers. The stats suggest are players aren't playing lots of games, Any extra transfer dealing would have been more to do with re-shaping the squad further.
Bearing in mind this is against the backdrop of a number of INs and OUTs during the summer already, and subsequently a team that finds itself in 2nd in the league and in the SF of a domestic cup. Personally wouldn't be so harsh on the job the manager is doing with regards to transfers.