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"They look like the easiest team to play against" - Jamie Carragher explains Liverpool's problems

Ryan Sidle

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"They look like the easiest team to play against" - Jamie Carragher explains Liverpool's problems

Jamie Carragher has claimed that Liverpool look like the 'easiest team to play against,' and explained why Jurgen Klopp's team look so open right now.

On the weekend, Klopp's side once again dropped points, this time at home against Brighton, meaning they're already 11 points behind Arsenal and 10 behind title rivals Manchester City.

Plenty of the blame was laid at the feet of Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the right back producing a disaster class, and certainly not for the first time this campaign.

In general, it is the defence that's being blamed for the ills at Anfield, after all, they did win a game 9-0, with even Virgil van Dijk out of sorts.

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On Monday Night Football, the Champions League runners-up were a major topic for Gary Neville and Carragher, as they poured over what's happening at Liverpool.

Neville was full of praise for Alexander-Arnold, despite his recent issues, claiming he's just four teachable attributes away from being the best right back ever.

Carragher had his say on the team as well, and the former defender explained why the team look as open as they do, pointing to video evidence from the 3-3 draw at the weekend.

"I just want to highlight this here, [Roberto] Firmino’s on the ball, he misplaces a ball to Thiago," the Anfield legend says whilst showing an attack from Klopp's side.

"I’m just going to highlight who the front four is for Liverpool then. So [Mohamed] Salah, as you’d expect in that position, Trent Alexander-Arnold there, he’s your right back, Jordan Henderson is your right-sided central midfielder and then Andrew Robertson, who has taken the throw in, to be fair to him.

Leandro Trossard celebrates his second goal, before going on to bag a hat-trick. Image: Alamy
Leandro Trossard celebrates his second goal, before going on to bag a hat-trick. Image: Alamy

"But again, so open and so unorganised, straight from the kick off. This is after 12 minutes against Brighton, and this is one of the opportunities Brighton didn’t score from, they almost score. 

"They found themselves 2-0 up, but I think it’s fair to say they should have been 4-0 up after 20 minutes, because Liverpool are not organised and not being difficult to beat, as they always were. 

"Jurgen Klopp’s thing was, ‘were the most difficult team to play against,’ right now they look like the easiest team to play against."

Looking at another clip, the former England international added, "This is Newcastle, this is after 10 minutes, so they’re keeping possession as you’d expect them to, but you just see how many players they have in the box.

"And when there’s a turnover now, you see Trent goes in there to try and close, I mean again, I just look at the midfield positions; Harvey Elliott, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, again, not in the positions midfield players should be to stop counter attacks. 

"And that’s why teams can get at this back four and cause Liverpool big problems, but early in games.

"You’d expect this if Liverpool were chasing the game the last 15/20 minutes. I think this is a massive issue for them right now."

Things don't get much easier for the team who finished second in the league last season, with top of the table Arsenal and then City in their next two league games.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Liverpool, Premier League, Jamie Carragher

Ryan Sidle
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