Carragher names three signings ‘tired’ Liverpool must make this summer

Date published: Tuesday 9th February 2021 7:14 - Robert McCarthy

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool must sign three players capable of being first-team regulars in the summer transfer window.

The Reds seemingly squandred their chances of defending their Premier League crown after being thumped 4-1 by Manchester City on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have been hit hard by injuries this season, with their lack of quality in reserve hindering them.

Carragher said during his co-commentary on Sky Sports that Liverpool needed to inject fresh blood. He followed that up on Monday Night Football, explaining the positions that need reinforcing.

He said: “It’s still the same team that’s been together for three years. We now look at the percentage of Premier League minutes played from August 2018. You look at the numbers: Trent is 83%, van Dijk 81% and Andy Robertson 94%,” Carragher explained.

“Jordan Henderson has had a couple of injuries, Wijnaldum is very rarely out and the front three very rarely get injured. This is a team that has gone to the well, basically, and have produced unbelievable moments, trophies for this club and that’s why I find it a little bit hard to be too critical of what I’m seeing at the moment.

“I’m actually seeing Robertson as the highest number because I felt a little bit for him yesterday on the fourth goal. When that ball went over his head, I thought that it wasn’t Robertson because he hasn’t got out there quick enough and that’s not him.

“We are talking about the most aggressive and intense full-back we’ve seen over the last three years. It was almost physical and mental fatigue. That’s why I won’t be too critical, this isn’t an attitude thing, it’s not a team that thinks ‘we’ve won the league, we’ve made it’, they just haven’t stopped for three years.

“They need three players to come in, they need that centre-back, maybe he’s here now in Kabak. Someone to replace Wijnaldum and they need someone in the front three. I’m not talking about players on the bench.

“I’m talking about players to come into the team, like Matip, Wijnaldum and Mane did and like Salah, Van Dijk and Alisson did. That’s what Liverpool need.”

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Redknapp rubbishes Thiago blame game talk

Jamie Redknapp insists Thiago Alcantara cannot be blamed for Liverpool’s alarming slide in fortunes. That’s despite suggestions the Spaniard has disrupted their winning formula.

Liverpool’s slump since late December has coincided with Thiago’s return to fitness. Indeed, the Spain star has struggled to find his natural role in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Thiago Alcantara, Ilkay Gundogan

Liverpool have won two of the eight Premier League matches Thiago has played in since his return to the side. Indeed, their defeats against Southampton, Burnley and Brighton – coupled with Sunday’s 4-1 home defeat against Manchester City – have seemingly ending Liverpool’s title defence.

The 29-year-old has displayed his wonderful range of passing in a Liverpool shirt. However, Thiago has struggled to find decisive passes and does not have an assist to his name.

The likes of Gary Neville have questioned his role in the Liverpool side, as a result.

Yet Redknapp insists Thiago does not deserve to be singled out as the fall guy for Liverpool’s demise. Read more…

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