Jamie Carragher: Liverpool WON'T win the league without new defender

Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool will NOT retain Premier League title without signing a new centre back in January… as Reds legend slams defeat at Southampton as ‘nowhere near good enough’ and admits they are going through a ‘real rough patch’

  • Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Southampton on Monday in a blow to their title bid 
  • Jurgen Klopp opted to play Jordan Henderson at centre-back due to injury woes
  • Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool will not win the league without a new defender
  • Carragher also slammed the Reds’ attack line for a lack of urgency and quality 

Jamie Carragher is alarmed about Liverpool’s recent form after their defeat at Southampton and claims the Reds will not win the league if they don’t sign a centre-back in January. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side went down 1-0 to Southampton to give Manchester United the chance to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League if the Red Devils beat Burnley in their game in hand next week. 

Liverpool drafted in captain Jordan Henderson as a makeshift centre-half in Monday night’s defeat at St Mary’s but Carragher says Klopp’s side will not be champions if they do not recruit in this month’s transfer window.

Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool will not will the league again if they do not sign a defender

Jurgen Klopp’s side lost 1-0 to Southampton on Monday night in a blow to their title chances

Carragher told Sky Sports after the Southampton match: ‘I can’t see Liverpool winning the league if they don’t buy a centre-back. 

‘I said that after the Everton game when (Virgil) van Dijk was injured but I think it’s a really tough ask if they don’t bring anyone in. 

‘The fact they played Jordan Henderson at centre-back is not going to do a lot for the two lads on the bench (Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips) and their confidence if they have two midfielders playing there. Henderson is not a centre-back. He did well, but it’s not his position.’

Liverpool have star defender van Dijk sidelined with a long-term injury along with fellow backline regulars Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Klopp picked Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson at centre-back given the club’s injury woes

Danny Ings’ goal after two minutes gave Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side a deserved win at St Mary’s

The Merseysiders failed to bring in a defensive recruit following the summer departure of Dejan Lovren, with raw defenders Williams and Phillips taking it in turns to partner midfielder Fabinho at the back.

Carragher, meanwhile, claims Liverpool’s problems are greater than a shortage in defence, with the Reds’ front line failing to strike a decisive blow for the second Premier League match in a row.

Liverpool failed to muster a shot on target at St Mary’s until the 75th minute, while they also fired a blank in their last game away at Newcastle.

Before this barren run, Klopp’s Reds were also held to a 1-1 draw to Sam Allardyce’s West Brom, who shipped four at home to Arsenal on Saturday night despite the Gunners suffering from their own attacking woes this season.

Carragher also slammed Liverpool’s attack for a lack of quality and urgency in the final third

Carragher added: ‘I expected a reaction from Liverpool (tonight) on the back of two poor performances. I think we had another one. We looked at Liverpool’s away form this season, it’s so poor isn’t it? 

‘They never looked like scoring (against Southampton. Did the goalkeeper make a good save or a big save? Did anyone have a chance to score? 

‘That’s a real worry for Liverpool at this moment in time, it’s nowhere near good enough.

After a 0-0 draw Newcastle, Liverpool’s first shot on target at St Mary’s came after 75 minutes

Former Reds defender Carragher also slammed Klopp’s side for a lack of urgency in the Southampton defeat, especially in the final seconds of the game when Liverpool opted to take a short corner deep into stoppage time.

The Sky pundit said: ‘Liverpool scored a lot of late goals over the last couple of years, they’ve forgotten how to play like that. 

‘What summed it up was Liverpool’s (last) corner. They did the same against West Brom. It has got to go in the box. You have to score in ten seconds, it has to go in.

‘Liverpool’s team is amazing but it’s going through the first real rough patch for two or three seasons. Where are the goals coming from?’

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