Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is concerned about his old club’s lack of strength in the depth going forward and fears that Philippe Coutinho still has not been replaced – despite the imminent arrival of Naby Keita.
With the Reds having enjoyed a bright season, a Champions League final on the horizon, the broadcast pundit was openly honest about his worries and revealed that they need to find a quality backup option in a similar mould to Sadio Mane who can play in a number of roles off the striker.
As quoted by goal.com, Carragher said: “You have to be concerned. I thought the squad was very good at the start of the season, but I think what it lacks is cover for the front three.
“When one of them misses out, the quality coming in is not enough.
“(Naby) Keita will add quality to the midfield, but I think we do still lack a little bit since [Philippe] Coutinho went in terms of that final pass. Defensively we’re fine in terms of numbers, but I think we need something more in the final third.”
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool have coped just fine in light of the Brazilian’s departure, going from strength to strength but Carragher has a point. The Reds final few games of the season where Jurgen Klopp has opted to use Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke have proven there is a distinct lack of quality behind the usual front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Mane – Carragher is right, acquisitions are necessary. Naby Keita is due to arrive at any time and will undoubtedly be a huge boost as the 23-year-old has the ability to play across the midfield in a number of different positions but behind him there is really not a lot that would strike fear into the hearts of Premier League defences should injuries suddenly begin to take their toll on Klopp’s side. West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is a name that has come back into the frame but there will be those out there who think the Reds should be looking at bigger names than that of the Hammers attacking midfielder.
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