Liverpool's slim squad surprised Henry

The lack of depth in Liverpool's squad came as a shock to John Henry when the American's Fenway Sports Group (FSG) bought the Anfield club last year. FSG paid £300m to buy Liverpool from Tom Hicks and George Gillett in October and Henry admitted tackling problems with the squad was "a bigger issue than we feared".

"The worst surprise was the lack of depth," the American told FourFourTwo magazine. "There was a huge multi-year pay-roll for a squad that had very little depth."

Henry said the financial outlay on the group of players in terms of salaries was huge in comparison to the resources available. "Our number one priority is to win the Premier League title," added Henry. "That is what we take with us each day to work as the force that drives us to excel.

"If we can accomplish that we will have put ourselves in a position to be successful on all fronts including Europe. Success is winning championships. It is nothing less than that." Liverpool last won the title in 1990.