Jamie Carragher blasts Klopp for failing to rectify huge problem

Date published: Tuesday 28th February 2017 8:56

Jamie Carragher has slammed Liverpool and criticised Jurgen Klopp for failing to solve their defensive issues since taking charge at Anfield.

The Reds were second best in every department on Monday night as Leicester rewound time to produce a display of champions against Klopp’s side – you can read our thoughts from the game here.

Jamie Vardy’s double and a superb strike from Danny Drinkwater saw Liverpool slip to a 3-1 defeat – their fifth Premier League loss of the season.

Worse yet, it now means the Reds have now conceded 33 goals in 26 league games – and Carragher thinks serious improvements are needed.

“Liverpool were shocking tonight, I was at the games at Hull and Burnley and they were the exact same games,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “They’re on course to concede 50 goals again this season and Klopp hasn’t rectified that.

“There’s no way you are going to win anything conceding that amount of goals, it’s just impossible to do that.

“My other problem is Liverpool always play the same way, and I said it again before the match. What’s wrong with Liverpool going to a side like Leicester and saying, ‘Let Wes Morgan and Robert Huth have the ball, we know Vardy wants to spin in behind. We can hit you on the break with Sadio Mane.’

“It’s always the same thing that happens for Liverpool – it was [Burnley’s Andre] Gray and [Hull’s Oumar] Niasse before and Vardy tonight – I just don’t know why it hasn’t changed.

“There’s no difference in tactics, there’s not a different plan for certain games. I think Klopp has far too much faith in certain players. He has to make changes in the summer.

“I’m not saying what happened tonight is a good thing for Liverpool but it reinforces the changes that will need to be made.

“Sometimes when it is going well for Liverpool you kid yourself about certain things. I love James Milner but he’s not a left-back.

“Lucas Leiva I’m sure will be getting plenty of stick. I felt so sorry for him as he shouldn’t be playing at centre-back, it would have been like playing me at right wing.

“There’s no way he can catch Vardy in a sprint if the team is pushed up to the halfway line. He was put in a position that completely exposed him.

“There should be no blame attached to him, the blame for that should be to Jurgen Klopp for putting him in that position.


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“I still expect Liverpool to beat Arsenal next week. But you play these games more than you play the top four or top five and this is a massive problem for Liverpool.

“They continue to play into the hands of players like Gray, Niasse and Vardy. They leave themselves exposed to pace in the channels.”

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