By Alex Stevens
Jamie Carragher has claimed Jordan Henderson and Emre Can can never again play as a central midfield partnership for Liverpool.
The Sky Sports pundit laid into the senior duo following the first half of the Merseyside giants’ League Cup semi-final second leg clash against Southampton.
The Saints went into the Anfield encounter with a 1-0 lead from the first leg a fortnight ago and once again completely dominated.
Claude Puel’s side carved open the Liverpool defence at will and created a series of excellent opportunities only to be denied by poor finishing and some fine saves by Loris Karius.
With Southampton 1-0 ahead three-quarters of the way into the match, Carragher highlighted central midfield as one of the principal areas of weakness in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“Some of the players have to be looking at themselves, Klopp has to make some changes at half-time,” Liverpool legend Carragher told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match.
“Can and Henderson as a two does not work. You can only play one of them and it has to be Henderson.
“Unless you’re play away at [Manchester] United, Chelsea or Arsenal can the two of them play. Never, ever play the two of them together.”
Carragher’s comments came after Georginio Wijnaldum had been axed from the starting XI following the weekend defeat to Swansea.
Wijnaldum, Can and Henderson have been Liverpool’s regular central midfielders this season, with the Englishman considered to the first choice in that position.
The Merseysiders strung together their best results of the campaign when Henderson and Wijnaldum were the central pair.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have tabled a mega bid for a young defender and a record-breaking deal has been agreed.