Jamie Carragher explains Liverpool’s need for midfield reinforcements

Liverpool great Jamie Carragher believes his former side were outplayed in midfield during the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday. The match will be most remembered for Loris Karius’ wretched showing between the sticks but Carragher feels there remains a weakness in the centre of the park.

Speaking shortly after the game, Carragher admitted that the midfield needs to be sorted during the summer transfer window, although the arrival of Naby Keita should bring more quality in the position, he said: “Going forward I certainly think the midfield needs looking at. That will change, with Keita coming in.I think we lacked something in midfield [against Real Madrid] I’d say.

Jamie Carragher urges Liverpool to strengthen frontline

Liverpool great Jamie Carragher believes his former club can challenge for the Premier League title on a regular basis, if they can improve the options in the final third of the pitch. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino have been excellent for Jurgen Klopp over the course of the campaign but Carragher feels the club require another wide player to reduce the burden on the attacking trident.

Speaking exclusively to Goal.com, he said: “You have to be concerned. I thought the squad was very good at the start of the season, but I think what it lacks is cover for the front three. When one of them misses out, the quality coming in is not enough. [Naby] Keita will add quality to the midfield, but I think we do still lack a little bit since [Philippe] Coutinho went in terms of that final pass. Defensively we’re fine in terms of numbers, but I think we need something more in the final third.”

Jamie Carragher Names Roberto Firmino As His Favourite Liverpool Player

Liverpool favourite Jamie Carragher has named Roberto Firmino as his favourite player in the current Reds squad. The Merseyside giants have been in stunning form in Europe over the course of the campaign and they most recently reached the Champions League final after warding off the challenge from AS Roma.

In response to this, Carragher was pleased with the impact on one Roberto Firmino, who has had a season of transformation with the Reds. The Brazilian took some time to adapt to the arrangement until Jurgen Klopp but during the 2017/18 season, he has been outstanding with 26 goals and 13 assists across all competitions.

Peter Crouch Reveals What Jamie Carragher Used To Say About Tottenham Hotspur

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has revealed what former teammate Jamie Carragher used to stay about Tottenham Hotspur during his playing days. The 37-year-old played alongside Carragher for three seasons at Liverpool between 2005 and 2008, and he won the FA Cup and Community Shield in the process.

John Arne Riise Compares Virgil Van Dijk To Jamie Carragher And Sami Hyypia

Former Liverpool star John Arne Riise believes Virgil van Dijk is exhibiting the leadership qualities reminiscent to the time when Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia played together at the club. The Norwegian international went on to win the 2005 Champions League alongside Carragher and Hyypia, who were the undisputed regulars at the heart of the defence.

Speaking on Liverpool’s official website, Riise was full of praise for Carragher and Hyypia, and admitted that the pair were influential to how he performed on the pitch. The 37-year-old went further to praise the impact of winger signing Van Dijk, and feels the Dutchman has the qualities which makes him a leader at the back.

Jamie Carragher discusses Eden Hazard's Chelsea future

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea may have to contend with the departure of Eden Hazard, if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Belgium international has been a vital cog in the Blues' attack in recent years, guiding the club to Premier League glory in 2015 and 2017.

Jamie Carragher disagrees with Jose Mourinho's spending claim

Liverpool great Jamie Carragher does not agree with the comments made by Jose Mourinho in the aftermath of Manchester United's 2-2 draw versus Burnley on Boxing Day. The Special One cited that there is a clear difference in the squad depth of his side in comparison to Manchester City, and he would require an additional £300m to put the team back to its right place.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Carragher did not agree with Mourinho's complaint and believes Pep Guardiola would have coped much better with the same squad available at Old Trafford, he said: "The United manager’s complaints about the value of the squads do not add up. We can go on throughout the respective lists.

Joe Gomez could make England World Cup squad on current form

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher feels Joe Gomez has the opportunity of making the England World Cup squad, should he maintain his performances for the Reds over the course of the campaign. The youngster has been a regular fixture in Jurgen Klopp's side this term and has started the last six Premier League games on the trot.

In a report covered by The Liverpool Echo, Carragher insists that Gomez has the chance of keeping his Three Lions spot if he carries on in the same vein of form, he said: "He’s come in at right-back and at first he was chopping and changing with Trent [Alexander-Arnold], but now it looks like he’s got the shirt at this moment. And long may that continue for him because it looks like Gareth Southgate, from an England point of view, is going to give young players a chance. A performance like that puts him in a great position, I think, going forward with the World Cup in the summer."

Jamie Carragher criticises Petr Cech

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was not pleased with the performance of goalkeeper Petr Cech during Arsenal's 3-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester City. The former Czech international produced a couple of top-notch saves to keep the scores at bay, but he was still criticised for the way he conceded the first goal of the game.

City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring with a left-footed strike from outside the box – which Cech could only get his fingertips to – but Carragher believes the 35-year-old should have done much better in goal. Cech earned the reputation of being one of the Premier League's greatest shot-stoppers during his time at Chelsea, but Carragher believes his reflexes have waned since his switch to north London, he said, "Petr Cech should save that. I think he is one of the great goalkeepers in the Premier League, but now he's just a good goalkeeper."

Jamie Carragher compares Alvaro Morata to former Chelsea star

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher has likened Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to Fernando Torres as he has a similar kind of playing style.

The former Real Madrid man has quickly become a fan favourite at Chelsea after contributing six goals and two assists in his opening six league games.

As a result, the Spaniard has received widespread praise from former players and pundits with Carragher comparing him to ex-Liverpool and Chelsea star Fernando. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "Watching that, it reminded me of Torres, they’re a similar type of build and they both burst past people.He could have scored a 25-yarder, but when I see a finish like that I automatically think that’s top class, very few players can produce that skill. That is better than scoring a worldie or an overhead kick – that’s top class."


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