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Carragher delivers brutal Liverpool put-down after seeing shocking statistic; names and shames star who’s been ‘miles off’

Liverpool stars Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho

Jamie Carragher didn’t hold back when naming the biggest problem at Liverpool right now, and claimed one star has been “miles off” his usual levels.

Liverpool dropped more points at the weekend when drawing 3-3 with Brighton at Anfield. The Reds were cut open at will and but for the heroics of Alisson, could’ve been three or four down inside 20 minutes.

The return of Monday Night Football was always going to be a must-see affair with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher in the studio.

After clashing with Gary Neville about Tottenham and Antonio Conte, attention turned to Liverpool.

Carragher began his assessment by showing a graphic that makes dismal reading for the Reds.

Liverpool have been slow starters this season, but just how bad they’ve been was laid bare.

Going solely by the score of matches at half time, Liverpool would rank dead last in the Premier League.

They’ve led just one of their seven matches at the break, drawing in another and trailing in five.

Their first half displays would therefore have produced a paltry four-point tally. The second and third worst teams according to first half results alone were Bournemouth and West Ham who’d both have six points.

When asked about Liverpool’s defensive issues, Carragher admitted: “It’s a huge concern, certainly at the start of games because they’re always giving themselves so much to do.

“They haven’t lost many of those games (after going behind), so it’s not an attitude problem.”

Carragher confirms Liverpool’s worst worst kept 

Carragher then zeroed in on the biggest issue at Anfield right now, and it’s one many fans have already highlighted.

He continued: “We’ve spoken at times about Liverpool conceding goals because of the high line. But the big problem at Liverpool right now is the midfield.

“Teams are coming through and getting at that back four far too easily, and also early in games.”

Carragher then analysed a clip of Liverpool being countered against Brighton.

The passage of play saw Brighton break away after a misplaced pass, but the most surprising aspect was the fact Kostas Tsimikas, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were three of Liverpool’s four highest players up the pitch at the time they lost possession.

“So open,” bemoaned Carragher. “So unorganised.

“This is after 12 minutes against Brighton. They found themselves 2-0 up [soon after] but it’s fair to say it should’ve been 4-0 after 20 minutes.

“Liverpool are not being organised and difficult to beat as they always were.”

Carragher goes on the offensive

The feisty pundit then delivered a withering put-down of his former club and their manager.

“Jurgen Klopp’s thing was ‘we’re the most difficult team to play against,” said Carragher. “Right now, they look like the easiest team to play against.”

After showing various other clips of Liverpool’s midfield being carved open, Carragher picked out Fabinho in particular for stinging criticism.

“Certainly Fabinho has been miles off the pace this season,” concluded Carragher.

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