Jamie Carragher believes Roberto Firmino and James Milner should no longer start for Liverpool and has named a number of younger players who should be in the team to end the current slump in form.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have won just two of their seven games so far this season and made a disastrous start to the Champions League last week.
A 4-1 defeat by Napoli in Italy prompted Klopp to call it his worst performance since taking charge at Anfield seven years ago.
“It was a real horror show. That was the worst game we’ve played since I’ve been here,” said the German.
Both Milner and Firmino started this game in Napoli, with the Englishman now 36 and the Brazilian just 30 but in the last year of his contract.
Club legend Carragher believes seeing those names in the starting line-up this season has been part of Liverpool’s problem and Klopp will need to unleash his younger, more energetic players to improve things.
The former England defender admits they played partly through injury and to level the squad, but says there is an ‘obvious way’ to improve things.
“When I see James Milner and Roberto Firmino start big games for Liverpool in the Premier League or Europe it’s symptomatic of the problem,” Carragher wrote for The Telegraph.
“Liverpool’s squad includes enough players who can deliver the momentum off the ball that characterized the first incarnation of Klopp’s side; Nunez, Jota, Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah, Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott attack upgrades of what Klopp inherited in October 2015.
“The obvious problem is that they all prefer to play in the final third and there are inevitable dangers to the balance of the team when there are too many in the same starting XI.
“However, for Klopp’s high pressure system to work, it needs their energy. That’s the most obvious way, at least in the short term, to get your ideas up and running again.’
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