June 18, 2021

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Liverpool won’t win the title without a new defender warns Carragher

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Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool won’t win the Premier League title this season unless they invest in a new centre-back in the January transfer window.

The Reds have lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to serious injuries this season, while Joel Matip has also had his injury issues.

Their 1-0 defeat to Southampton, in which they had midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho playing as centre-backs, means Liverpool are now winless in their last three matches.

And Carragher doubts Jurgen Klopp’s men are capable of winning the title without reinforcements at the back.

Carragher said on Sky Sports: “I can’t see Liverpool winning the league if they don’t buy a centre-back.

“I said that after the Everton game when (Virgil) van Dijk was injured but I think it’s a really tough ask if they don’t bring anyone in.

“The fact they played Jordan Henderson at centre-back is not going to do a lot for the two lads on the bench (Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips) and their confidence if they have two midfielders playing there. Henderson is not a centre-back. He did well, but it’s not his position.”

Carragher added: “I expected a reaction from Liverpool (tonight) on the back of two poor performances. I think we had another one. We looked at Liverpool’s away form this season, it’s so poor isn’t it?

“They never looked like scoring (against Southampton. Did the goalkeeper make a good save or a big save? Did anyone have a chance to score?

“That’s a real worry for Liverpool at this moment in time, it’s nowhere near good enough.”

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