Jamie Carragher believes the Liverpool squad are finally paying the price for the sheer number of games they have played in recent years under Jurg
Jamie Carragher believes the Liverpool squad are finally paying the price for the sheer number of games they have played in recent years under Jurgen Klopp. The Reds are now 10 points adrift of Manchester City following Sunday’s 4-1 defeat and the leaders can extend the gap to 13 should they win their game in hand.
There has been plenty to ponder for the Reds in the aftermath of such a heavy defeat and performance that would not usually be associated with Klopp’s champions.
In the view of Carragher, Liverpool are paying a heavy price for failing to rotate their side, alluding to the lack of quality in reserve at Anfield.
Carragher said on MNF: “Liverpool haven’t got the squad and quality of back-ups of other clubs.
“Liverpool wouldn’t have won the trophies they have done over the last two or three years if they would have rotated.”
Carragher claims that legendary Premier League bosses Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger reaped the rewards from bigger squads over the years, something Liverpool do not currently have at their disposal.
He added: “When Liverpool won the title last year, the first game of the season was Friday Night Football, Liverpool at home against Norwich.
“Sadio Mane had been in a tournament and had 10 days off, that was it, and then he was on the bench against Norwich.
“Now Ferguson used to give the United lads one month off, so did Wenger.
“Twenty-eight days before you come back. Liverpool couldn’t afford it because Man City were that good for the two years obviously getting 100 points.
“Liverpool knew they couldn’t lose a game. They had to go into that season thinking they had to win every game.
“We will see next season whether this is something permanent.”
Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title by a single point in the 2018/19 season, despite accumulating a final tally of 97.
Last season they eventually ended their 30-year wait for glory by putting 99 points on the board.
But this time around it’s clear that the sky-high standards previously set are way out of their reach.
Before the rejuvenation of City, who have now hit an impressive stretch of form, a consistent run of results seemed enough to change the course of an entire season.
Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who was top in early December, found out the hard way and was dismissed in January following a string of disappointing results.