Jamie Carragher says Liverpool are still lacking “real creativity” in midfield after they lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night.
The Reds were uncharacteristically lacking ideas as they slumped to a first leg defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium with Saul Niguez hitting the only goal of the game after four minutes.
Atletico are slight favourites to reach the last eight now, but Jurgen Klopp’s men will be confident of turning things around, especially after overhauling a 3-0 reverse against Barcelona last season.
“It’s half-time and we are 1-0 down. Why should we give up? Even better, the second half will be in a different stadium, our stadium, that will be different and Atletico will feel that, and that’s what we are looking forward to,” said the German.
Looking back at the game in the Spanish capital though Carragher thinks Liverpool lacked a spark in midfield with Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum unable to unlock the Atleti back door.
Carragher told Viasport: “Well it was a really frustrating night for Liverpool. We knew how Atletico would play, Jurgen Klopp knew.
“But the big thing you don’t want to do in games like this is concede the first goal – and so very early from a set-piece.
“Sometimes it happens, little bit of luck and it rebounds and they go 1-0 up.
“Liverpool didn’t get too frustrated but they couldn’t create anything, they don’t have real creativity, certainly in midfield. That’s always been a problem.
“But I think tonight you have to say Atletico defended really well and the important thing for Liverpool was not to lose their discipline, and get a red card or go down to 10 men, and to make sure the game stayed at 1-0 and not 2-0.
“At 1-0 I still think Liverpool have a great opportunity of going through. If it had gone 2-0 I think Liverpool would have been nearly out.
“So at 1-0 Atletico deserved it, they had the better chances, but Liverpool will be a lot better at Anfield.”