Liverpool’s situation ‘may deteriorate before it improves’, says Jamie Carragher, while the club’s former player criticizes their ‘ridiculous’ failure to sign a center-back and calls for a new forward and midfielder in the summer.
- Liverpool suffered a shocking loss to humble Burnley at home on Thursday evening
- The defeat marked the end of the Reds’ unbeaten streak at home in the league
- The champions are now six points away from Premier League leaders Manchester Utd
- Jamie Carragher believes the Reds’ fate can get worse before it improves
Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool’s current situation could get worse before it gets better after the Reds collapsed into a shocking defeat to Burnley on Thursday night.
Ashley Barnes’ 83-minute penalty gave the Clarets all three points at Anfield, breaking an unbeaten run of 68 games at home in the Premier League dating back to April 2017.
After five league games without a win, Jurgen Klopp’s side are also six points behind league-leader Manchester United and former Reds center-back Carragher pointed to a number of different reasons why the champions have undergone such a drastic drop in form.
Jamie Carragher (L) believes Liverpool’s situation could get worse before it improves
The champions have not won in five league games and are now six points behind Manchester Utd
“I said at the time that I didn’t think Liverpool could win the league unless they had a new center-back on January 1,” said Carragher. The Telegraph.
They needed one before Joe Gomez got hurt. His and Joel Matip’s performance was informative about that.
Frankly, it’s ridiculous that three months later, with the transfer window open, Klopp felt compelled to use Jordan Henderson in the position against Manchester United. And while Fabinho was excellent, he would be more influential in midfield. It has caused a chain reaction throughout the team.
Perhaps the club liked Klopp so well that he can overcome any situation. Then the past weeks have been a reality check for them. ‘
Roberto Firmino came in as a substitute on Thursday and missed an opportunity
It won’t get any easier for the Reds, as they travel to United on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup for games against Tottenham, Manchester City and Leicester next month.
“Liverpool’s game schedule shows that the situation can get worse before it improves …” Carragher added.
We will know at the end of February if Liverpool are still fighting for the title or to stay in the top four. Klopp may be willing to take all the burden, but when the tools he needs aren’t available – or worse, when needed – it’s up to him to share.