Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers pointed to the lack of depth in his squad as a reason as to why the Reds crashed out of the League Cup to his former club Swansea City on Wednesday night.
The Swans comfortably beat the Reds 3-1 at Anfield to book their place in the quarter-finals, whilst Liverpool were left ruing another setback to the season.
After naming an under strength starting line-up, Rodgers sent on Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez at half-time to try and rescue the game for Liverpool. They were later followed by starlet Raheem Sterling.
Rodgers has four key first team players currently sidelined through injury in Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson, Fabio Borini and Lucas Leiva.
We have a very, very small squad. A very thin squad,” he told reporters after the game.
“With three competitions, I have rotated, looked at young players and looked at fringe players.”
Rodgers added that he is disappointed with the club’s progress, being held back by limited resources in the first team squad.
“That was a lesson for me in terms of where we are at,” he continued.
“I have given players the opportunity to come in and shine and that is all you can do as a coach and a manager. It then becomes quite easy for me, but the problem is then that your squad is even thinner.”