Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, says Jurgen Klopp must take some responsibility for the current run as well as the loss of key players, such as Diogo Jota.
The Portuguese winger has been missing through injury since December, when he picked up a knock in a dead-rubber tie against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League.
Liverpool’s unbeaten home record came to an end last night against Burnley as they struggled to create clear chances against a rigid Clarets defence marshalled by Ben Mee.
And Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports following the game, believes Jurgen Klopp has to take responsibility for some of his selections.
“I think Diogo Jota has been a huge miss for Liverpool. You look at the manager and the team he picks at certain times. The fact he [Jota] played in a dead-rubber in the Champions League and there is frustration he got injured in that game,” Carragher said.
“Liverpool wrapped the Champions League up early and then lose one of their key players in a game that didn’t matter too much. They also played a very strong team against Aston Villa’s youth team.”
Jota, a £45m signing in the summer from Wolves, had been in fine form prior to the injury and is still a few weeks away from a return.
With the Reds having failed to score in their last four PL games now, Klopp must be having some minor regret over that December decision.
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The problem with Klopp this season is he has argued about the amount of games and pushed for five subs, but then in games where he could rest players, he’s put the big guns out.
The Villa and Midtylland games had no need for the likes of Jota and Salah to be involved in. Unfortunately, he’s now paying the price and there can be little sympathy from the rest of the league.
Liverpool need Jota back, and quickly.