Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told he has four undroppables by Carragher
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Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has claimed that Jurgen Klopp has four undroppables in his side after the Reds’ 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday. Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game as he latched onto a long pass from goalkeeper Alisson before turning Joao Cancelo and finishing calmly past Ederson.
Carragher said that the result could transform Liverpool’s season, and victory over West Ham next would put Klopp’s side seven points behind Manchester City although they remain 14 points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal.
“I think it could [transform Liverpool’s season],” Carragher told Sky Sports. “It’s a big week when you have three Premier League games in a week, it gives you a chance to jump up the table if you’re not doing particularly well. They’ve got West Ham then [Nottingham] Forest so they’ve got a big opportunity.
“I think the two people getting interviewed then [Salah and Virgil van Dijk] were outstanding in the game, we’re all thinking why have Liverpool dropped off but any great team when they’re at the best.”
Carragher then singled out four players that are vital to Klopp’s side after Sadio Mane’s exit to Bayern Munich in the summer, though there have been issues surrounding all four and it has coincided with Liverpool’s disappointing start to the season. “I think it revolves around five or six players, the rest fit in around them,” Carragher added.
“If you think of the players who make a difference for Liverpool, the goalkeeper [Alisson], Van Dijk, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] – in terms of what he does going forward – Fabinho’s the shield, Salah and Sadio Mane. They’re the five players who stand out for me on what Liverpool’s success has been built on.
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“Mane’s left, Trent’s not been anywhere near his level, Van Dijk hasn’t, Fabinho hasn’t – he’s been dropped – and Mo Salah hasn’t. If you look today at the performances, Virgil van Dijk played with more intensity than I’ve ever seen him, he’s getting questioned, up against Haaland, trying to lean on [Erling] Haaland every time he sees him.
“Salah, at the other end, was electric. When you get your best players playing everyone else plays well around them, the others aren’t capable of carrying the team – not just Liverpool – you rely on your five or six leaders and that’s why Liverpool are where they are.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold did not start due to injury as James Milner ably deputised for the England international at right-back, though he was substituted on towards the end of the game to help secure the three points. Though Klopp will be pleased that Alexander-Arnold’s injury is not serious, he will have concerns over Diogo Jota who was stretchered off in stoppage time and was replaced by Kostas Tsimikas.
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