‘This is not acceptable’: Jamie Carragher slams Liverpool for six-game winless run at Anfield – including four league defeats in a row for the first time since 1923 – and says that absence of Virgil van Dijk CANNOT be used as an excuse
- Liverpool have lost to Burnley, Brighton, Manchester City and Everton at home
- Draws to West Brom and Manchester United contributed to the miserable run
- Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool should have far more points despite injuries
- Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all long-term defensive absentees
- Stand-in centre backs Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are also on the sidelines
- Jurgen Klopp’s men next face bottom side Sheffield United at Bramall Lane
Jamie Carragher has slammed his former club Liverpool for their recent woeful home form and said they cannot use the long-term absence of Virgil van Dijk as an excuse.
Heading into 2021, the Reds had not lost at Anfield in the Premier League since a 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace in April 2017.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost their last four top-flight games, losing to Burnley, Brighton, Manchester City and Everton. Home draws with Manchester United and West Brom have contributed to the miserable run.
Liverpool’s loss against Everton was their fourth in a row at Anfield in the Premier League
Jamie Carragher feels that the Reds should be picking up far points despite their injury woes
Virgil van Dijk has been out since October with a knee injury after a Jordan Pickford challenge
That defeat to the Toffees on Saturday saw Liverpool lose a Merseyside derby at home for the first time since 1999 and means they have lost four home league games in a row for the first time since 1923.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football following Crystal Palace’s unbelievable smash-and-grab win over Brighton, Carragher said that Liverpool should be winning all but the City game with the line-up at their disposal.
‘I was very critical of Liverpool on commentary in the derby game and I seemed to upset a section of supporters,’ the former Reds defender said.
‘I have analysed this Liverpool team for three years under their best with Klopp and I come off shows like this and other fans say Carra is biased for Liverpool.
‘Premier League champions, European Cup winners and best team in the world. There is nothing negative to say. But now, there is.
Joe Gomez is also a long-term absentee after suffering a knee injury while on England duty
‘If I have upset Liverpool fans I don’t want to apologise. What this team has done is amazing, we love them, but it doesn’t mean they are exempt from criticism.
‘The problems Liverpool have, centre backs out, midfielders at centre back, does not mean they can’t win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom.
‘It’s not an excuse for individual games. No matter what problems you have as a Liverpool player, you can’t not win at home for six games. That is not acceptable. It’s not.
‘They have to find a way to win. I don’t want to use Virgil van Dijk as an excuse because Liverpool started the game against Everton with 10 Champions League winners.
Joel Matip will definitely miss the rest of the campaign after damaging ankle ligaments
‘That is why it is not an excuse in individual games. There could be a tweaking in the system, a 4-2-3-1, an extra attacking player in.
‘Defensively, could they put the defence 10 yards further back? [Ozan] Kabak is struggling, [Ben] Davies is coming in, [Nathaniel] Phillips is going to play and they need more protection.’
Van Dijk and Joe Gomez could both miss the rest of the season after sustaining knee injuries in October and November respectively.
Joel Matip will definitely be out for the remainder of the campaign after damaging ankle ligaments in the first half against Tottenham at the beginning of February.
Captain Jordan Henderson is the latest centre-back option set for a spell on the sidelines
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is the latest on the treatment after hobbling off after half an hour against Everton with an adductor issue that could rule him out for a number of weeks.
Fellow makeshift central defender Fabinho still not match fit after missing six games in the last four weeks due to muscle issues.
All in all, it paints a pretty bleak picture for Klopp, but he will need to rally his troops as they try and regain some confidence against bottom side Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The Reds then turn their attention to two Anfield clashes in quick succession against Chelsea, a rival for the Champions League places, and Fulham.
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