By Danny Wright

7th Apr, 2017 | 2:16pm

Jamie Carragher pulls no punches with harsh Liverpool verdict, fans will be concerned

By Danny Wright

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool have got a long way to go before they can be classed as a top-four team.

Despite the Reds sitting third in the Premier League standings, and at one stage looking like they might be title contenders, Carragher has not pulled punches in what is a harsh assessment of his former club.

Liverpool went on a run of five league games without a win at the beginning of 2017 and the Anfield legend believes that this is solely down to the thin playing squad Klopp currently possesses.

Sadio Mane was on international duty with Senegal when the Merseyside club was knocked out of both domestic cup competitions.

They also saw their slim hopes of lifting a league title dashed in January with a humiliating home defeat to Swansea.

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For Carragher, Mane’s absence highlighted the lack of depth in the Liverpool squad.

“I think Liverpool have got the sixth-best squad in the league so to be in the top four would be a very good season,” said the 39-year-old to FourFourTwo.

“At the moment I don’t think they’ve got enough to challenge for the league.

“You saw the reasons why they fell away in the middle of the season – they didn’t have reinforcements, especially when Sadio Mane was gone for the Africa Cup of Nations.”

The ex-Southampton attacker has been widely regarded as Liverpool’s player of the season, scoring 13 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions.

They will have to do without him for the rest of the season now as well – something that could really hamper their chances of a top-four finish.

Liverpool were top of the league for a brief period in November, but Chelsea and Tottenham have managed to pull away from the chasing pack since the turn of the year.

In other Liverpool news, fans react on Twitter as this 24-year-old ace is a doubt for the Stoke match this weekend.

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