Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool have “absolutely no chance” of securing a top four place this season and Jude Bellingham is not the answer to their midfield problems.
The Reds fell to a dismal 3-1 defeat to Brentford at the Community Stadium on Monday to leave them four points off Manchester United in fourth place having played a game more.
Liverpool’s defending left plenty to be desired but Carragher believes it’s the lack of investment in midfield that’s currently costing his former side.
Bellingham, who’s starred for Borussia Dortmund and England in the last two years, has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield, but Jurgen Klopp needs ‘Jurgen Klopp players’.
“Everyone keep talking about Jude Bellingham,” Carragher said on Sky Sports, speaking after the game at the Gtech Community Stadium in which Brentford were deserving winners.
“Liverpool haven’t got a problem going forward. It’s actually a midfielder player to stop the opposition coming right through them [that is needed].
“Players like Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, they’re great technical players but they don’t look like ‘Jurgen Klopp players’, and then Fabinho is getting older, Jordan Henderson hasn’t got the energy anymore, James Milner…
“I think they need three midfielders to challenge again.
“Liverpool’s transfer committee and Jurgen Klopp have been lauded [for their success]… this is on them, to allow a team who almost won four trophies last season to be fighting for the top four because the midfield has only one player [Thiago Alcantara] signed in four-and-a-half years, and they’re absolutely running on fumes.”
Cody Gakpo joined Liverpool this week from PSV to strengthen the already strong forward options, but Carragher is perplexed as to how Liverpool have allowed a situation to develop in which they need a complete midfield overhaul.
“How’s this been allowed to happen? If Liverpool think they can get top four without signing a midfielder this window they’ve got absolutely no chance.
“It’s like they’re trying to play the Jurgen Klopp way without Jurgen Klopp players.”
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