"There are a lot of players now. I've never known a squad as strong. Every position is covered by two international players and it's going to be a headache for the manager in our first game away at Aston Villa.
"The manager has shown he's prepared to be ruthless and sell people if necessary, as he did with Luis Garcia and Craig Bellamy. Luis did superbly for Liverpool and I sent him a message when he went, saying I was sad to see him go.
"But the manager felt the time was right. Being ruthless is part of being a top manager. He got on great with Luis but he felt the time was right. That is what you have to do at this level - that is why he is managing at this level."