Carragher pans Liverpool recruitment, compares squad to rivals
By Danny Wright
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that the Liverpool squad is the sixth best in the Premier League and has urged Jurgen Klopp to improve it.
The 38-year-old said to Sky Sports that the Liverpool team are only in fourth place and challenging for the title because they are competing on less fronts than some of their league rivals this season and have a very good manager.
In a damning verdict of Liverpool’s recruitment and the club’s process of revamping the squad, Carragher claimed there are five better sides in the top flight.
“Out of the top six, Liverpool’s is probably the sixth best squad or the sixth best team. But they are where they are because of the manager and no Europe,” he said to Sky Sports.
“Now, with them running out of the legs, that energy, we’re maybe seeing what this Liverpool squad is. And when we’re talking about squad, you look at that bench and it’s nowhere near big enough or strong enough.”
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Carragher’s comments come after Klopp’s side crashed out of the EFL Cup semi-final to Southampton as Shane Long’s late strike sealed a 2-0 aggregate win for the Saints. This comes just days after losing 3-2 to Swansea, who were bottom of the Premier League before the result.
The 2005 Champions League winner also thinks that with there being no winter break in the English football calendar, Klopp is facing a challenge he didn’t have to cope with in Germany.
He said: “Liverpool look like they’ve run out of energy and legs which is a big worry.
“Klopp has got no winter break. They’ve still got the whole of the second half of the season to go and they don’t look as though there’s that zip, that energy there.”
Liverpool are currently without Sadio Mane, who is on international duty at the African Cup of Nations with Senegal and recent injuries to Joel Matip and Phillippe Coutinho have played havoc with team selections.
The Merseyside club’s next game is on Saturday against Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round, before facing Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield the following Tuesday.
There is no doubt that Saturday’s game against Wolves could be a chance for Klopp to rest and rotate his squad, but with his side now arguably only within a chance of winning the FA Cup, the former Borussia Dortmund manager may have to go all in to ensure the Liverpool fans of a trophy this season.
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