Jamie Carragher has criticised Liverpool for their failure to get deals done this summer and has called the club’s transfer window ’embarrassing’.
Liverpool have endured a difficult week in the transfer market with both Brighton’s Moises Caicedo and Southampton’s Romeo Lavia informing the Reds of their desire to sign for Chelsea, despite Jurgen Klopp’s side having agreed deals for the duo.
The club’s recruitment team turned to Caicedo after failed bids for Lavia, before returning for the latter and agreeing a deal with Southampton. However, both players turned down the move and Carragher admits it leaves his former side in a ‘difficult place’ as the deadline approaches.
“In a pretty difficult place, people know they are desperate,” Carragher told Sky Sports of Liverpool’s situation.
“They put a bid in for Lavia today for £60m when they refused to pay £50m four or five days ago. It’s an absolute mess and a joke.
“The biggest problem about it is that Liverpool have known they have needed midfield reinforcements since August of last season, 12 months ago. So to not have things in order…”
Carragher was critical of those in charge at Liverpool and said the club have failed to get deals ‘over the line’. The two incomings this summer – Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister – each had release clauses in their contracts and Carragher has called Liverpool’s window an ‘absolute mess’.
“They haven’t got deals done – that is your job in that role, to get deals over the line. The two players they bought had buy-out clauses, there’s no negotiation, no big deal to go about it, you just meet the buy-out clause. So Liverpool have not got big deals over the line and it’s been embarrassing.
“That’s why I will not be critical of the owners – they were willing to pay £111m and break the transfer record. To start with Lavia, not pay a certain amount, to then go to Caicedo and then go back to Lavia, it’s an absolute mess, a joke and it’s embarrassing.”
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