Jamie Carragher: Lack of goals killing Liverpool
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher questions Brendan Rodgers's tactics after 3-1 loss to Man United
Jamie Carragher says a lack of goals is killing Liverpool.
The Reds have scored three times in five Premier League games despite spending £61.5m on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and Brazil international Roberto Firmino in the summer.
I don’t know how you get all the players they have signed in the strongest team when they are all fit
Benteke has netted two of Liverpool’s goal in the Premier League but the Belgium international was unable to trouble Arsenal and West Ham United before a late consolation at Old Trafford.
Speaking about Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday evening, Carragher expressed his concern at the Reds’s lack of flair, adding that it is crucial Daniel Sturridge starts alongside Benteke.
“Liverpool have to play with two strikers, whatever the system they have to do it because they are not getting enough goals,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I think the wide striker is the way forward for Liverpool. I would like to see Sturridge playing in that position but something has got to be worked on to incorporate the other players because the lack of goals is killing Liverpool.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers signed eight players in the summer transfer window in a bid to close the gap on the top four.
But the Northern Irishman played Danny Ings and Firmino out-of-position, while Benteke looked isolated up front.
However, Carragher questioned his former manager’s tactics after a second successive Premier League defeat at Old Trafford.
Rodgers added: “I don’t know how you get all the players they have signed in the strongest team when they are all fit.
“The 4-3-3 is a system Rodgers wanted to use when he came into the club and it’s a system he falls back on when other things don’t work… but since he has been at the club it hasn’t been that successful.
“How does he get the players in the positions they want to play? I think that is what he is finding difficult at the moment.”