Liverpool Are Two Players Short of the Premier League Title, Says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool are two players short of being capable of taking on Manchester City for the Premier League crown, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. On Sunday afternoon in the Premier League match versus Luton Town the Reds played to a 1-1 draw following Tahith Chong’s clinical opening goal which was cancelled out by Luis Diaz’s late equaliser.

Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp needs a specialist holding midfielder and full-back.

Carragher: Liverpool need a holding midfielder & top defender to challenge for PL title

Luis Diaz’s stoppage-time equaliser secured Liverpool a point against Luton Town on Sunday but wasn’t enough to keep them ahead of Premier League leaders Manchester City in terms of points difference – three now lie between them; Tottenham could close it to five with victory against Chelsea on Monday evening though.

Carragher believes his former club, Liverpool, will struggle to challenge for the Premier League title without signing top holding midfielders and defenders in January. Last summer they planned on spending big money on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia from Brighton; however both signed for Chelsea instead on extremely lengthy contract offers.

Klopp has utilized Joe Gomez and Kostas Tsimikas in this position this season, yet both players tend to prefer playing further up the pitch. Therefore, a replacement player needs to come in at Liverpool in order to balance out their midfield and give their attacking players more time on the ball.

Carragher: Liverpool aren’t as good as Man City at stopping counter-attacks

Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea highlighted one glaring weakness this Liverpool side has. Carragher believes they still lack a specialist holding midfielder despite possessing such players as Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander on defence.

But their inability to deal with City’s dangerous runs into space in behind that caught Carragher’s attention. He states that Liverpool are left vulnerable against opposition counterattacks without an effective “number 6,” potentially costing them points in their pursuit of title glory.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are much improved compared to last season when it comes to managing possession, but Carragher believes they still lag in terms of stopping City breakaways. Luis Diaz’s stoppage time equaliser for Kenilworth Road side Hatters after Tahith Chong had opened up scoring provided another reminder for Klopp that needs addressing immediately.

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Carragher: Liverpool need a top defender

Liverpool are well known for their rock-solid defence, which is something the Reds need to work on this season. Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher believes they could only need two players – an experienced holding midfielder and top defender – before challenging for the Premier League crown this term.

Carragher witnessed Liverpool draw 1-1 against Luton Town on Sunday, as substitute Luis Diaz scored in the 95th minute to save Jurgen Klopp’s side from defeat at Kenilworth Road. Although Carragher acknowledged Liverpool have improved defensively recently, he feels they still are not up to expectations of their supporters.

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On defense, he suggests that Liverpool would benefit from hiring a versatile ‘top defender who can almost play in multiple positions’ – like Alexis Mac Allister who replaced Jordan Henderson at right back during their 2-2 draw versus West Brom – to provide additional defensive acuity and cover as needed. They must also find an adequate replacement for world’s most expensive defender Virgil Van Dijk.

Carragher: Darwin Nunez must be more clinical

Liverpool were desperate for defensive midfielder Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia last summer but neither player wanted to leave Brighton. That may have been for the best as both have proven disappointing since joining Klopp’s system.

Darwin Nunez’s performance as a substitute against Newcastle on Sunday was positive, yet his goals-to-chances ratio must improve if he wants to become a top striker. The Uruguayan has shown plenty of promise and has an instinctive predatory streak which should see him among the league’s leading scorers; he must make better use of his chances.

Liverpool fans were treated to an outstanding goal from this man against Newcastle, though his first half performances should have produced even more goals for Liverpool if he could improve his finishing and create more clear-cut chances. If he can improve this area of his game he could give them much-needed strength in depth in their final third.