Jamie Carragher: What I really think about Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool tactics
The Liverpool legend delivers his verdict on Jurgen Klopp's tactics in recent weeks
Jamie Carragher has questioned Jurgen Klopp’s team selection in recent weeks after Liverpool lost 1-0 to Southampton in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.
Klopp persisted with Emre Can and Jordan Henderson in midfield for the visit of the Saints despite the pair both struggling during Liverpool’s surprise 3-2 loss to Swansea City at Anfield at the weekend.
Liverpool were looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg at St Mary’s after Southampton forward Nathan Redmond netted a first-half winner a fortnight ago.
However, the Merseyside outfit lacked energy and invention in midfield despite the return of Philippe Coutinho to the Liverpool side, which included Daniel Sturridge up front.
Klopp eventually replaced Can with Divock Origi in search of an opener in the second half before Shane Long scored on the break on the stroke of full-time to seal Southampton’s place in the Wembley final.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Southampton, Carragher criticised Klopp’s team selection and reluctance to make a change in the second half.
“I look at the manager, certainly in the last two games – and I’m a massive fan of him – but the changes from the bench have been far too slow to come, they’re coming late in the game,” Carragher said.
“The teams he’s picked at the start I haven’t agreed with, I mentioned Can being in the team alongside Henderson. I think Can can only play holding midfield, I don’t think he’s got the legs to play anywhere else.
“The fact he’s started with those teams and then not recognised the mistake at half-time and made the change and then the changes are coming 70, 80 minutes – it’s far too late.”