Jamie Carragher has questioned Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s choice of substitutions in recent goalless stalemates with Everton and Manchester United.
Sunday’s 0-0 draw in the Merseyside Derby was Liverpool’s fourth draw in their past six league fixtures, and see’s Manchester City replace the Reds at the top of the Premier League for the first time since December.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher has criticised Klopp’s use of substitutes in recent weeks, believing the German could have been more positive with his changes from the bench.
“The thing I go back to – we know about the midfield. 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,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“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.