Jamie Carragher tells Jurgen Klopp to forget about the title unless Liverpool change
The Liverpool legend doesn't expect Jurgen Klopp to lead the Reds to the Premier League title unless their defending improves
Jamie Carragher has warned Jurgen Klopp that he won’t end Liverpool’s long wait to win the Premier League title unless their defending improves.
The Merseyside outfit played out a thrilling 3-2 win against 2016 champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening to end a five-games winless run.
Liverpool allowed a two-goal cushion to evaporate on two occasions during the Premier League clash and Simon Mignolet’s save to deny Jamie Vardy from the penalty spot denied the Foxes a point.
The Reds have already conceded 11 times in six games in the Premier League this season which is the worst defensive record of any club in the top half of the table.
Liverpool have already conceded from three corners in the 2017-18 campaign to raise serious concerns about Klopp’s ability to improve the Merseyside club’s defending.
Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in October 2015 but Liverpool have a worse defensive record under the former Borussia Dortmund coach than the Northern Irishman.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher doesn’t believe Klopp will guide the Reds to the Premier League title unless the German can finally resolve the club’s long-running issue.
If Liverpool continue to concede this amount of goals, they’ve got no chance of doing what Jurgen Klopp has been brought in to do and what the supporters want and what the club wants and end 27 years without a title,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“1.27 goals per game is almost 50 goals per season. In 25 years of Premier League history there are only three teams who have conceded in the 40s. They were each Manchester United. They won the league these three years very early, though.
“In one of them they conceded five at West Brom in the last game of the season, in 2012/13. In 1999/2000 they had about three different keepers, it was a bit of a mess at the back. And in 1996/97, that was when they had that mad Newcastle and Southampton games, when they conceded 11 goals in a week.
“You will not win a title or go close to winning a title if you have numbers like [Liverpool]. That’s the big problem with Liverpool winning that way.”
Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season.