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Jamie Carragher did not hold back as he identified those who he believes are behind Liverpool’s so far unsuccessful Premier League campaign in 2022/23.
The ex-Liverpool defender was working as a pundit for Sky and spoke candidly after the Reds’ damaging 3-1 defeat to Brentford at the Community Stadium on Monday.
Damaging Defeat for Liverpool
The game saw Liverpool foiled by the home side’s dangerous set-piece plays and after they went two goals down to Thomas Frank’s team, they would never get back on even terms.
Center-back Ibrahima Konate scored an own goal from a Brentford corner and Bees’ forward Yoane Wissa scored two more goals from corners but they were disallowed due to the player being caught offside.
Wissa would finally net a goal that stood just before half-time, heading in to put Brentford up 2-0 over the Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Up front for Liverpool, Darwin Nunez missed several chances although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did get one back for the visitors after half-time. Unfortunately for Klopp’s side however, Bryan Mbuemo rounded Konate to score a third goal for Brentford past Alisson to put the tie to bed.
The result means Liverpool, last year’s double domestic cup winners, have now dropped 23 points this league season.
Jamie Carragher’s Rant
After the game, ex-Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher spoke passionately about what he believes has gone wrong with the club, suggesting those that oversee the club’s transfer policy are to blame for the side’s unfortunate run.
“That has been a theme of Liverpool all season,” Carragher told Sky Sports after the game, “As soon as the intensity of a game rises they cannot cope.
“They need to play a slower type of game because as soon as it goes fast they are not at the races, they cannot keep up with it,” he said, “Liverpool have had a problem all season against teams that are physical.”
“This is a team, let us not forget, that prides itself on saying that intensity is our identity. They cannot cope with it anymore at this time. It looks like an ageing team coming to the end.”
Carragher pointed out that Liverpool’s midfield needs special attention in terms of recruitment, stating that a number of players need to brought in for that position.
“I don’t know what has happened to Liverpool in terms of midfield,” Carragher said, “Liverpool have bought one midfield player in four-and-a-half years in Thiago. It is coming back to haunt them now.
“Thiago is not a problem if the other two are full of energy and stopping counter-attacks,” he explained, “People talk about Jude Bellingham but Liverpool don’t have a problem going forward, they need a player to stop the opposition coming right through them.”
“The transfer committee and Jurgen Klopp have been lauded more than any scouting or recruitment department in world football,” he stated, “This is on them.
“To allow a team that was competing for four trophies last season to be fighting for top four because the midfield has only had one signing in four years,” he added, “They are absolutely running on fumes.
“How has it been allowed to happen?”