Liverpool were a one-man team last season, says Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool are struggling to replace Luis Suarez
Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool’s strikers are struggling to fill the void left by Luis Suarez.
The Reds failed to score in successive Premier League games as Newcastle United were 1-0 winners at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Week by week it’s shown Liverpool were almost a one-man team at times last season
Brendan Rodgers’s strikers Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have not netted in a combined 888 minutes of Premier League football.
And former Liverpool centre-half Carragher reckons Rodgers’s side were over-reliant on Suarez, who moved to Barcelona in a £75m deal in July.
“There’s obviously a massive problem,” said Carragher.
“Sergio Aguero, on his own, has had 90 touches in the opposition box and that tells its own story.
“I’m trying to stop talking about Suarez. He’s not there anymore, forget him, he’s moved on and he’s not coming back. You’ve got to look at what you’ve got now. And they have to get more from those attacking players. There’s also got to be a lot more creativity in that midfield.
“But the longer it goes on it shows how important Suarez was – more important than we all thought at the time.
“At times last season Brendan Rodgers, in press conferences, came out and said ‘we’re not a one-man team, you’re being disrespectful to some of the other players’. But week by week it’s shown Liverpool were almost a one-man team at times last season. Those stats are damning really.
“OK, they’ve had criticism defensively but this is probably as big a problem, if not more.”