The Liverpool legend says that the current situation the champions find themselves in is not acceptable, and has pinpointed some key changes that he believes Jurgen Klopp should make.
Liverpool’s loss in the Merseyside derby was their fourth consecutive loss at home in the league, which is the first time the club has done so since 1923. The Reds have failed to win a game at Anfield in 2021- Having scored just one goal in the process.
The disappointing result leaves Liverpool 5 points off the top four and 19 points behind the leaders- Manchester City, who many are now beginning to call the ‘Champions Elect’ after their good form.
The current slump in form that Liverpool are experiencing has numerous factors, from numerous injuries and sicknesses throughout the season to the packed schedule that comes with such a strange year.
Jamie Carragher was on commentary for the weekend’s derby and came under fire for some of his comments about Virgil Van Dijk’s injury and how it has impacted the season.
“I said on the TV that I’m sick of talking about Virgil van Dijk and what I mean by that is we’ve highlighted that on this show, the bigger picture,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football.
The former centre-back went on to explain that although Liverpool’s injuries have been significant, he feels that things need to change tactically in order to get the best out of the players that are available.
“Liverpool can’t win the league with Van Dijk being out for the whole season, I didn’t feel – I said that after the last derby game
“But the problems Liverpool have, whether their defenders are out, the midfield players are at centre-back, does not mean they can’t win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom.
“Manchester United, maybe, Man City, real top quality, but it’s not an excuse for individual games.
“No matter what problem you have as a Liverpool player, you can’t not win at home for six games. That’s not acceptable. It’s not.
“When I think of situations I’ve been in – and I’ve been in teams not as good as this one – but you find a way to win. We beat Everton twice with 10 men.
When asked about what Liverpool could be doing differently, Carragher suggested a few ideas, including changing the formation.
“So you’re talking about maybe doing something different. It’s not rip everything up, of course it’s not, but I do think there could be a tweaking of the system – maybe a 4-2-3-1, bring an extra attacking player in, because Liverpool are struggling to create and score goals.
“And defensively now, I think, is there a case for putting Liverpool 10 yards further back?
“Liverpool never played this high when Jurgen Klopp first came in, when they had Kolo Toure, when they had (Mamadou) Sakho, (Martin) Skrtel, (Dejan) Lovren. They still pressed.
“It may be a case of that, because this high line at this moment, (Ozan) Kabak is struggling early on in his Liverpool career, Ben Davies may come in, Nat Phillips is going to play. They need a bit more help and a bit more protection, and I think that would help them going forward.”