As per The Daily Mail, iconic former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher criticised manager Jurgen Klopp and his former club in his role as a Sky Sports pundit following the Reds’ 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Monday night.
In the aftermath of Liverpool’s draw at the London Stadium, Carragher lambasted Klopp’s side for their “really poor performance”.
It wasn’t a full strength Liverpool team, and featured Adam Lallana making only his third Premier League start of the campaign so far.
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What’s more, a defensive injury crisis saw 33-year-old midfielder James Milner fill in at right-back, alongside stand-in centre-back Joel Matip.
Carragher felt that Liverpool’s squad should never have been allowed to become so thin though.
He wrote: “The right back situation; Klopp’s made a big mistake in letting Nathaniel Clyne go. I don’t understand why he did that. I know there were a couple of injuries after (he left) but you don’t need to let him go.”
Carragher is right, there’s no great reason why Klopp couldn’t have been assertive and retained the services of Clyne until the end of the season, rather than letting the 27-year-old full-back join Bournemouth on loan during the January transfer window.
Had the former Southampton man been kept at Anfield he’d be enjoying regular game time now, due to the absences of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.
At this stage in the season, with the Reds chasing their first league title in the Premier League era, the priority should be making Klopp’s squad as strong as possible. Instead, it was weakened in the winter window, which could have disastrous consequences before the end of the campaign.