Carragher tips Liverpool top-four misery and explains new nickname for Jota

Date published: Tuesday 16th March 2021 9:05 - James Marshment

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool will miss out on a top-four finish in what he has called a “freak” of a season.

Diogo Jota rekindled Liverpool’s top-four hopes with the winning goal on his return to Molineux.

Jota, who joined Liverpool from Wolves in September, drilled a low first-time shot under Patricio to settle a tight battle.

The victory saw the Reds climb to sixth, two points behind West Ham in fifth and five off Chelsea in fourth.

It earned the winger a glowing appraisal from his manager who warned his teammates not to take him for granted.

Despite the win rekindling hopes of a top-four finish, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has a dim view on their prospects.

Carragher has told Sky Sports: “It’s been a freak [season] and the other teams [they’ve lost too].

“At this moment, I still believe Liverpool will miss out on the top four.

“However, they need to make teams like Leicester and Chelsea nervous and see what they can do.

“With four or five games to go, they need to be in a position where they can jump on any mistakes the teams above them make.”

Carragher invents Jota nickname

Despite the gloomy outlook, Carragher did enjoy the performance of Jota and he says the Portuguese star provides hope.

With his well-taken finish proving the difference, Carragher coined a nickname for the Liverpool No 20.

“It’s not an easy chance, but we’ve seen so often with Jota those low, hard shots into corners. And that’s why he’s got the nickname Jota the Slotter. I’ve just give him it,” he joked.

Meanwhile, Klopp also piled praise on defensive duo Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips. The duo kept another clean sheet as their understanding grew with another 90 minute spell.

But while RB Leipzig posed problems of their own last Wednesday, Klopp noted that the duo did well to defend Wolves winger Adama Traore.

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“They played now the second game in a row together and did really well,” the manager said.

“You can imagine the Leipzig game was difficult, but tonight was difficult for completely different reasons because the speed of Traore is actually undefendable in moments.”

READ MORE: Klopp reflects on ‘dirty three points’ for Liverpool in win at Wolves


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