Liverpool icon hits out at Brendan Rodgers

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has hit out at Brendan Rodgers following the Merseyside club’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

After a positive start to the new campaign, the Reds have lost their last two games and the Northern Irish manager finds himself under considerable pressure at Anfield.

With a number of players unavailable or injured, the ex-Swansea manager opted to play a 4-3-3 formation of sorts yesterday at Old Trafford, with Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings used in wide areas.

After the game, pundit Carragher was quick to question Rodgers’ tactics and felt that the manager did not use the players at his disposal as well as he could have.

“There was not enough help for Benteke,” Carragher is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.

“I don’t understand the point in playing Danny Ings in a wide position because he still didn’t give the support to Benteke.

“They haven’t got any wide players – they’ve only got Jordon Ibe. For me Coutinho’s not a wide player. He’s still got Sturridge to come back yet! I don’t understand this obsession with playing 4-3-3.

“He’s got a lot of strikers but no wide players yet he still plays 4-3-3.”

Rodgers was initially seen as a man to revive Liverpool’s failing fortunes and came within a whisker of leading the club to the Premier League title in 2013-14.

However, with the Reds not finishing in the top four last season, pressure is on the manager to deliver this term.