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‘Nowhere near their best’: Jamie Carragher singles five Liverpool players out for underperforming

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‘Nowhere near their best’: Jamie Carragher singles five Liverpool players out for underperforming

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has singled five Reds players out for underperforming in recent weeks, most notably in their Anfield defeat last time out.

The Reds have been largely lacklustre recently and, on Thursday, fell to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Burnley in the Premier League.

The Clarets winner came from the penalty spot as Alisson Becker brought Ashley Barnes down in the box in the latter stages of the game.

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The Burnley forward converted the spot kick in the 83rd minute to give his side their first win at Anfield since 1974 and end the Reds’ 68-game unbeaten home run in the league.

Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah has been struggling, as have full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

And Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports, wasn’t impressed with the quintet after the Burnley game.

“Think of the front three and the full-backs in terms of providing quality and assists, things we have seen so often,” he said.

 

“All five of them are nowhere near their best. It is not just scoring but it is general play.

“Mo Salah comes on and is one on one against the left-back three or four times and just runs straight at him. Firmino’s chance when he comes on. It felt like Alexander-Arnold put so many crosses in and never found someone.

“I think Liverpool supporters will be massively frustrated. This team have done something for this club that nobody has done for so long – brought a title back. They will always be legends in everyone’s eyes.

“But for whatever reason in these last four or five games it has not just dropped off but massively dropped. It is a huge worry going forward. Not just in terms of the title but in terms of the top four.”

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Since scoring seven times at Crystal Palace, Liverpool have netted just once in the last five games and none at all in their most recent three fixtures.

Drops in form aren’t unusual amongst players, but the fact that five of Liverpool’s top players are all underperforming at the same time is very worrying.

Jurgen Klopp is a top manager, however, and he’s managing top players, so no doubt there’ll be a lot of work going on the training ground to get back on track.

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