Jamie Carragher joked he’s avoiding Jurgen Klopp after he criticised his suggestion that Liverpool had made a “mistake”.
Carragher spoke out about Liverpool’s injury problems on Sky Sports shortly after Virgil van Dijk ruptured his ACL in the Merseyside derby.
The former Reds centre-back admitted Liverpool should have signed a new centre-back for such a situation in the summer transfer window.
And suggested they had made a mistake in failing to do so.
“Dejan Lovren went and they didn’t replace him so they only have three centre-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured,” Carragher said.
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“There are question marks now about Joe Gomez. So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to go big in the transfer market.”
Klopp hit back at the accusation in his following press conference, saying it is comments like this from pundits that explain why they “don’t do this job”.
“We went into the season with three centre-backs plus Fabinho as cover and some youngsters,” said Klopp. “It’s hard to have four world-class centre-halves.
“If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake – I think Carragher mentioned already – there are a few reasons why they don’t do this job.”
Carragher responded to the comment on Twitter, pointed out that Klopp had interpreted his words wrong.
He wrote: “Not once this season have I said it was a mistake for Klopp not to buy a centre-back for the exact reason he states.”
On Tuesday night Carragher was providing analysis on Liverpool’s Champions League victory over Midtjylland.
Fabinho, who has been filling in at centre-back, was forced off the pitch with an injury, adding to Klopp’s defensive problems.
Carragher was asked if he had made up with Klopp following their minor disagreemnt.
He told CBS Sports: “Well, he’s just on my right shoulder [as Carragher is stood on the sidelines of the Anfield pitch].
“I am just being careful. He is 6ft5, isn’t he? Have you seen the size of him? Why do you think I am stood in the Kop?”
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