Jamie Carragher has lavished praise on the recruitment of his former side, as well as saying that Jurgen Klopp ‘doesn’t get enough credit’ for his part in his players’ improvement.
Liverpool have enjoyed a sensational and unprecedented start to the season, winning 20 of their opening 21 games so far this season, the only blot on their results being a 1-1 draw with Manchester United back in October.
Their form, which carries over from last season means the clubs are now unbeaten in 38 Premier League games, and now sit 16 points ahead of nearest challengers Leicester with a game in hand.
Much has been made of the importance of adding Virgil van Dijk and Alisson to their ranks in recent transfer windows, though Jamie Carragher has highlighted the fact that not all of the Reds signings have been ‘superstars’, naming players such as Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson.
The former centre-back said that Jurgen Klopp deserves more ‘credit’ for his coaching ability following the development of such players, using Manchester United’s lack of development as an example, despite their hefty transfer outlay in recent seasons.
“The thing about the recruitment is, it’s been fantastic and Liverpool are looked at as the model now for recruitment,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “But the thing is when we say recruitment, you look at every team and we say ‘if you don’t get your recruitment right, you’re finished’.
“It’s not that Liverpool are buying players with a special ability that nobody else can see these players, Roberton from Hull. Wijnaldum got relegated, Robertson got relegated. Salah had been at Chelsea, Mane was in the Premier League for a few years with Southampton.
“You’re looking at it and it’s not like Liverpool are going to the best clubs in the world and buying players. It’s okay buying players but it’s what you do when you’ve got them. I think we forget that sometimes when we talk about Manchester United’s recruitment in the last few years or other teams.
“Once you’ve got that player, you’ve got to improve that player. That’s what Jurgen Klopp doesn’t get enough credit for. The work as a coach, Liverpool aren’t buying superstars, they’re making superstars.”
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