Jamie Carragher: This Liverpool 31-year-old is to blame for points dropped v Man City
By Will Butcher
Jamie Carragher has said defender Ragnar Klavan was at fault during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Sunday.
Klavan, 31, started alongside Joel Matip at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s defence, as James Milner’s penalty was cancelled out by striker Sergio Aguero at the Etihad.
Offering expert analysis on Sky Sports 1’s live broadcast of Sunday’s encounter, Liverpool legend Carragher claimed Klavan was concentrating on the man rather than the ball in the lead up to Aguero’s goal.
Carragher, 39, claimed that if the Estonia international closed the ball down instead of looking to keep Aguero under control, then Liverpool would have instead frustrated City’s top scorer.
“Klavan doesn’t get into the correct position,” Carragher said. “He’s too interested in the man and doesn’t drop off. His first thought should be to stop the ball instead of focusing on the man.
“With the quality of strikers in the Premier League this season, Klavan has to change his focus if he is to improve. But it’s way too inviting and it gave City a handful of chances.”
Liverpool took the lead in an enthralling match that saw both sides look to secure three points by outdoing eachother in attack.
James Milner scored his seventh successive spot kick from 12 yards in the 51st minute to put the Reds 1-0 up, with three points enough to see them leapfrog City into third.
However, Guardiola’s men put the disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League behind them to equalise through Aguero after a sublime cross from Kevin De Bruyne.
The draw sees Carragher’s old side remain in fourth place and one point behind City, who have a game in hand over the Merseyside giants.
In other Liverpool news, Gary Lineker has posted his verdict on the draw between the two high-flying Premier League outfits.