Jamie Carragher questions Jurgen Klopp about Liverpool FC substitutions
The Liverpool FC legend was unhappy with Jurgen Klopp's substitutions in the Merseyside derby
Jamie Carragher has admitted his surprise at Jurgen Klopp’s substitutions in Liverpool FC’s 0-0 draw at Everton on Sunday.
The Reds failed to break down Marco Silva’s side to draw their fourth game in their last eight outings in the Premier League.
In doing so, Liverpool FC have squandered top spot in the Premier League and trail their title rivals Manchester City by a point.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had opportunities to make the breakthrough but Mohamed Salah was guilty of missing three chances to break the deadlock.
Virgil van Dijk was Liverpool FC’s best player as the Netherlands international marshalled Klopp’s defence despite difficult conditions.
Klopp opted to bring on Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Adam Lallana in the second half but all three struggled to have an impact.
While the introduction of the Brazilian was inevitable, Klopp opted to go with two midfielders rather than more attacking-minded players such as Xherdan Shaqiri or Naby Keita.
Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher was surprised by the manager’s substitutions in the Merseyside derby.
“The thing I go back to – we know about the midfield,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I do look at the changes from the bench, I don’t think they were great last week at Old Trafford, the first substitution when Daniel Sturridge came on.
“Then today I was looking at the substitutions and thinking ‘bring Roberto Firmino on, try and get someone behind Everton’s midfield’ and he stayed with the three in midfield.
“If you’re bringing Firmino on, play him as a No 10 and play two central midfield players so instead of having three midfield players that Everton’s midfielders can see in front of them, put one in behind them.
“Even when Adam Lallana came on, he didn’t come on as one of the midfield three, he came on as one of the front three. Now maybe Klopp thinks at that stage that it isn’t a bad point.
“Liverpool have only lost one game this season, I played in a season when we only lost two games and never won the league. It doesn’t matter how many games you lose, it’s points that you drop and these points at the moment are proving vital.
“You just look and think ‘could they have been more proactive in the substitutions that they make?’ We’ll only know that at the end of the season.”
Liverpool FC are in second place and a point behind defending champions Manchester City.
The Citizens will host Watford at The Etihad on Saturday with the chance to move four points clear.
The Merseyside outfit will return to Premier League action with a home clash against Burnley next Sunday.