Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says his old club are missing a traditional no10 following Thursday’s defeat to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
The reds fell to their fifth consecutive home defeat thanks to midfielder Mason Mount’s winner with the defending Premier League champions now four points off the top four.
Liverpool have scored just one goal in their last six matches on Merseyside with the club’s inability to breakdown the opposition a cause for concern with the Reds now deep in a fierce battle for Champions League qualification heading into the campaign run-in.
Their struggles to press with the same intensity that drove them to last term’s title has been widely discussed during the club’s recent struggles and Jamie believes that leaves Liverpool needing more creativity further up the pitch.
‘Jurgen Klopp famously said, his pressing is better than any number 10, but when you watch Liverpool, you feel like they need a number 10 – they need that type of player because the pressing isn’t there,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘I don’t know if it’s the same players playing week-in, week-out, off the back of four or five years of high-intensity football. Who knows what it is?
‘We’ll maybe nearly get to the bottom of it next season when we see the crowds back and maybe more of a normal season, but they just don’t seem right in terms of energy and pace at the moment.’
Meantime, Liverpool have been boosted as Brazilian trio Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson may not have to play for their country during the March international break.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the aforementioned players may remain at home, with CONMEBOL thinking about cancelling Le Selecao‘s matches against Colombia (March 26th) and Argentina (March 31st).