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Carragher hints Jurgen Klopp selection could cause disharmony in Liverpool squad


Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher admits that Jurgen Klopp’s recent team selections could cause disharmony amongst his squad.

The Reds suffered only their second defeat of the season on Monday night against Southampton as Danny Ings’ strike was all that separated the two sides.

The result means Liverpool could be leapfrogged by Manchester United at the top of the table if the Red Devils win their game in hand.

Their plight has not been helped by the injuries to star centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

But Sky Sports pundit Carragher insists that playing Jordan Henderson when Klopp has two genuine, younger options available was a bad call.



Jordan Henderson was picked at centre-back for the 1-0 loss to Southampton

“It’s almost like having a goalkeeper you don’t fully trust. Forget Van Dijk and Joe Gomes, they’re out,” he said.

“I think No.1 it’s imperative Liverpool sign someone in January – that’s obvious, I’m not saying anything different.

“But I think the fact they played Jordan Henderson tonight at centre-back it’s not going to do a lot for the two lads [Nathanial Phillips and Rhys Williams] on the bench confidence wise so if he goes back to them how do they feel if there’s two midfield players playing there.



Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on Steven Gerrard taking over from Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool
Jamie Carragher thought it was a bad call from Jurgen Klopp

“That tells me they’re not going to be feeling great if they go back in. Jordan Henderson’s not a centre-back. He found it tough today. He done OK, done well considering it’s not his position.

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“I can’t see Liverpool winning the league if they don’t bring in a centre-back and I said that on the back Everton vs Liverpool with Van Dijk out. It’s going to be very difficult.

“I still think Liverpool have enough quality to go for the title but I think it’s a really tough ask.”



Danny Ings’ goal won the game for Southampton

Carragher also compared Liverpool’s performance to that of the struggling Arsenal team which lost 2-0 to Tottenham in December.

“Jordan Henderson then just mentioned that he felt Liverpool should have got something out of the game, they played well in second half,” he added. “I don’t agree with that.

“When you actually look at the stats there you say ‘Liverpool are much better than Southampton’ but we had this argument a few weeks ago when we were talking about Arsenal vs Spurs. The stats for Arsenal compared to Spurs.



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“When a team score the early goal the onus is on the team who are behind to do something to get back into the game.

:Naturally a team drop off. They’re not too bothered about possession. It’s up to Liverpool to get on the ball. But the biggest thing when you’re in that situation is not having more possession, you’re always going to have more possession when you’re losing.

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“It always happens. It’s what you do with the possession. You said one shot on target. I can’t think of chance where I thought ‘how’s he missed that’ for a Liverpool player. Or the keeper’s made a great save.”





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