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'It is not his fault': Carragher thinks media are currently being 'unfair' on 'exceptional' Liverpool player
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'It is not his fault': Carragher thinks media are currently being 'unfair' on 'exceptional' Liverpool player

Jamie Carragher has said recent criticism of Liverpool midfielder James Milner is unfair amid a tough start to the season.

Liverpool’s midfield has been the subject of much debate during and after the summer transfer window, and results on the pitch have only exacerbated that.

Some fans wanted a big-money midfield acquisition, but only Arthur Melo came through the door on loan on the final day of the transfer window.

Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column that it is not Milner’s fault that he is being asked to fill the void, after he was criticised by the national media for his performance last time out against Napoli.

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Carragher defends Milner

He said: “When I see James Milner and Roberto Firmino starting big games for Liverpool in the Premier League or Europe, it is symptomatic of the problem.

“Milner has been strongly criticised for his performance in Naples, which is unfair. He is 36 years old and one of the finest modern professionals Liverpool – or indeed any Premier League club – has had.

“It is not his fault he is starting these games, circumstances are limiting Klopp’s options.

“He has been offered regular contract extensions for what he brings as a character at the training ground and in the dressing room and was supposed to be an able understudy this season.”

Milner has been described as ‘exceptional‘ by Alan Shearer, but he should not be asked to start big games for Liverpool in 2022.

Liverpool’s failure to sign another midfielder is one factor in that but another factor is the injury records of some of their other options including Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

A clearout may be needed in the summer, with at least one starting midfielder signed to refresh the options in the engine room.

But that is an issue for the future, and tonight Liverpool must focus on getting their Champions League campaign off the ground against Ajax.

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