Jamie Carragher picks two Liverpool stars that will never be first-team regulars
Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has delivered a brutal assessment of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad, and claimed he feels there are players in the side at the moment who shouldn’t be there.
The Reds are at risk of watching their Premier League crown slip away from them after a dreadful run of form.
They’ve scored just once since their 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace on December 19th – with that goal coming in the second minute of their next league game.
Their 68-game unbeaten run at home came to an end on Thursday night as they were beaten 1-0 by Premier League strugglers Burnley.
Klopp rotated his side slightly for the game against the Clarets, with Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all receiving rare starts.
Origi has struggled recently, having failed to score in the league this season.
He is expected to leave at the end of the season, and there were a few eyebrows raised when he was named in the starting XI.
And Carragher feels he simply isn’t good enough to be a regular starter, and never will be.
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Writing in his column for the Telegraph, he explained that Origi and Taumi Minamino, who has only been at the club since last January, won’t ever be up to the standard.
The former defender also criticised Shaqiri and Naby Keita, and claimed Liverpool are feeling the effect of playing fielding weaker players.
“Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are back-ups,” he wrote.
“Divock Origi and Takami Minamino have opportunities but will never be regular starters.
“We are seeing the consequences of that recently.”
Liverpool face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday before attempting to get their Premier League campaign back underway with a tough trip to face Tottenham next Thursday.
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