Liverpool: How can Klopp turn things around?
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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has refused to blame his former club’s injury crisis for their poor stretch of form. A 2-0 loss to Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield saw them fall further behind Manchester City in the Premier League.
As Liverpool played Everton, Carragher said in co-commentary that they cannot keep blaming the injury to Virgil van Dijk for their poor form and he has reiterated that claim.
The Reds are 16 points behind City in the table as any hope of winning the title surely evaporated on Saturday.
And it could not come in a more miserable way after losing to local rivals Everton at Anfield for the first time in 22 years.
The 2-0 result also saw Liverpool lose four home matches in a row for the first time since 1923.
Richarlison opened the scoring within three minutes before Gylfi Sigurdsson made sure of the win with a late penalty.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher blasted his former side for their shocking form.
He said: “I said on the TV I’m sick of talking about Virgil Van Dijk, and what I mean by that is we’ve highlighted that on this show, the bigger picture.
“Liverpool can’t win the league, I said that after the last derby game, they can’t win the league with Van Dijk being out for the whole season, I didn’t feel.
“That’s the bigger picture but the problems Liverpool have, whether the defenders are out, the midfielders are at centre-back, that does not mean they can’t win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom.
“Manchester United, maybe, Manchester City, real top quality, but it’s not an excuse for individual games.
“No matter what problem you have as a Liverpool player, you can’t not win at home for six games, that’s not acceptable. It’s not.
“When I think of situations I’ve been in, I’ve played in teams not as good as this one, but you find a way to win.
“We beat Everton twice with 10-men when it was 0-0, so there’s something now where they’ve got to find a way to win.
“The reason I said that I don’t want to use Van Dijk as an excuse etc is that Liverpool started the game against Everton with ten Champions League winners.
“That’s why I’m saying it’s not an excuse in individual games, it’s not. The bigger picture about the league and qualifying for the top four I get.
“But individual games and games that we’re talking about, you’ve got to do something in them.”
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