Carragher: This Liverpool duo need to be tougher, 31-year-old should be on the bench
By Will Butcher
Jamie Carragher has called on centre-backs Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren to be tougher following Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.
Ragnar Klavan started alongside Lovren during the draw, as Liverpool conceded another two goals at Anfield with Norway international Josh King salvaging a late point in the 87th minute.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, Reds legend Carragher claimed 31-year-old Klavan should not be playing as much as Lovren and Matip are the Reds’ first choice centre-backs.
Carragher, who is Liverpool’s second highest appearance maker with 737 outings to his name, claimed Lovren and Matip are “always missing games” and “need to be tougher”.
Problem for @Lfc is Lovren & Matip always missing games, need to be tougher. 3rd choice Klavan then has to play more & eventually it shows.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 5, 2017
The duo have been regularly in out of the side this season, as Cameroon defender Matip continues his struggles.
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The former Schalke defender started on the bench before coming on as a substitute against Eddie Howe’s Cherries on Wednesday night because of a back problem.
Croatia international Lovren has also failed to consistently maintain his fitness this term, with multiple injuries forcing him to watch from the sidelines.
The Reds were 1-0 behind within 10 minutes at Anfield, as Benik Afobe struck before goals from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi saw Liverpool take a 2-1 lead.
However, King stepped up with three minutes remaining to score an equaliser that puts a dent in Liverpool’s top four hopes.
In other Liverpool news, Phil Neville wants this Reds ace to join Man United.