Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool’s title bid may have been undone by a serious error of judgement in the January transfer market.
The Premier League leaders drew 1-1 at the London Stadium, where they were largely outplayed and perhaps fortunate to avoid defeat, when victory would have taken them five points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
A spate of injuries saw Liverpool forced to do without Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, but it was the fact that midfield cog James Milner was again forced to play at right-back which proved most costly.
Having already criticised Naby Keita in the build-up to the match at the London Stadium, Carragher stated after the match that Klopp’s January decision to loan Nathaniel Clyne out to Bournemouth looks questionable with each passing game.
“When there’s a few injuries in different positions it doesn’t look like that solid Liverpool side you’ve seen in the last four or five months, it doesn’t feel right,” he told Sky Sports.
“I said yesterday about Manchester United having a better squad than Liverpool.
“I think Klopp’s made a big mistake letting Clyne go, I do not understand why he did that.
“James Milner’s played right-back there twice now, it’s hard to see how he played left-back so long.
“Klopp is massively important to what Liverpool are doing, he’s the big figure in that dressing room and he’s been in this position before.
“But this is not a dressing room full of winners yet, it’s their first time in a title race.
“There’s a still a long way to go, I still believe with two or three games to go Liverpool will be in the title race.
“Whoever goes furthest in the Champions League will have a big effect on it all.”
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