Jamie Carragher has recently assessed Liverpool’s problems in the Premier League and he has identified one player who shouldn’t be playing each week.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have looked miles off the pace this season as they currently sit 10th in the league and are 11 points away from the top four.
Plenty of eyebrows were raised after Cody Gakpo was their only signing in the January transfer window.
Carragher believes that their midfield has been a major issue so far this season and Jordan Henderson has only played so many matches because of the mismanagement of the squad.
“I go back to Jordan Henderson,” Carragher told The Overlap. “He’s taking a lot of stick off Liverpool supporters at the moment.
“Henderson has done his job, he comes at 21, he’s 32 and he’s won everything. He shouldn’t be playing every week right now anyway.
“That’s because of the mismanagement of the squad means, he’s not in the squad right now, but he shouldn’t be playing week in week out where he is now at 32 or 33. He’s having to play there because of the mismanagement of the squad.”
Henderson has started in 10 Premier League matches this season and has been used as a substitute on seven occasions.
In total, he has racked up 918 minutes of football in the Premier League, making him Liverpool’s 12th most-used player this season.
Following Liverpool’s 3-0 loss against Wolves, Gary Neville echoed a lot of Carragher’s thoughts on where they have been going wrong.
“Defensively, they were shambolic,” Neville told Sky Sports. “Individually, collectively, they were too easy to play against.
“It’s not going perfectly well up front for them either, [Cody] Gakpo, [Darwin] Nunez and [Mo] Salah just haven’t quite hit it off yet as a front three and that might take some time.
“The rest of the team is in a bit of a mess and they’re conceding really poor goals. It was almost the first time I’ve seen after a game where Jurgen Klopp is almost apologising.
“They’re nowhere near, it was almost a ‘where do they start’ type of reaction after the game. There are internationals in that back four – in fact, all of them are – and they’re nowhere near good enough.
“There’s absolutely no excuse for that. There are other teams who have had injuries defensively who have managed better.
“I don’t know why they’ve gone to pieces like they have. There will be people who say ‘this happened in his seventh year at Dortmund’, but I dismiss all that nonsense.”
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