Liverpool were denied a first trophy of the Jürgen Klopp era in a penalty shootout to Man City at Wembley on Sunday, and ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher wasn’t impressed with what he saw from his old side.
Carragher, winner of the league cup with Liverpool on three separate occasions between 2001 and 2012, vented his frustration on Sky Sports having witnessed what he felt were subpar performances from several members of the squad, some of who will need replacing in the summer.
In particular, Carragher was scathing in his attack on left-back Alberto Moreno and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for their part in Man City’s goal – calling for the former to be dropped immediately and the latter to be replaced in the summer:
“Going forward for Liverpool, those are two areas Jürgen Klopp has to change in the summer.
On Alberto Moreno:
The left-back has to come out of the team, this is not a one-off today in terms of the goal,’
“Jon Flanagan has come back fit and has to go into the team in midweek, he has to change the left-back.
“Flanagan played left-back when they nearly won the league. He can’t be worse than him.”
“The goalkeeper has made some outstanding saves today, but just because you make some outstanding saves doesn’t mean you should be allowed to concede a goal like that. And that is not just today.”
“The goalkeeper may have signed a five-year deal, and he has made some good saves today, but things have to change.”
Going forward, a downbeat Carragher accepted that Liverpool are nowhere near the level they should be, and that the remainder of this season was not likely to be particularly successful as a summer overhaul awaits:
“A lot was riding on today as it’s been a poor season. Not just for the club, but for the manager if he’s to be successful then they’ve got to win trophies and this was his first shot at it.
“Klopp will realise there is a lot of work to do in terms of turning it around,
“There’s a big problem with where they are in terms of the Premier League. What can they win? “Liverpool are a big club and are nowhere near winning the Premier League. They are nowhere near winning the Champions League.
“Are Liverpool good enough to win the Europa League? Probably not. There are a lot of good teams left.
“Now the game against Manchester United in the Europa League, that’s the big game. The season is resting on it. It’s almost like a cup final now.”
Klopp will have no time to dwell on this result, however, as Liverpool do battle with Man City again – this time in the Premer League – at Anfield on Wednesday night. Fourth place might be all but gone but Liverpool will still want to finish as high up the table as possible in order to sieve some respectability from the smoldering ashes of an poor season.
That said, all hope for a trophy is not lost. Klopp’s side are still in the Europa League, and although Carragher is pessimistic about Liverpool’s chances, he should remember a thing or two about an unfancied Liverpool side winning a European trophy.