Liverpool 1, Roma 2: Gaining Fitness but Lacking Depth

It's pre-season, and the results don't matter. What does matter—beyond the basics of gaining fitness and an increasing familiarity with Brendan Rodgers' system—are any signs, for good or ill, that speak to the likelihood of success once the results do start to count. And on that front, following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Roma at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, it has become increasingly clear just how little depth Liverpool has in several key areas, particularly forward and holding midfielder.

Liverpool 1 Adam 80' Roma 2 Bradley 63', Florenzi 69'

Against Roma, Liverpool's best forward in the first half was Raheem Sterling and in the second it was Dani Pacheco. The most consistent goal threat was provided by Jonjo Shelvey from midfield while Nathan Eccleston an...

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