The Northern Irishman played a 4-3-3 formation, with Danny Ings playing out wide. The Anfield hero believes that the striker should have been playing centrally alongside Christian Benteke, which was where he impressed for Burnley last season.
“There’s not enough help for Benteke,” said Carragher, “Ings came in and I said before the game it must be two up front and they must be playing a diamond formation, but they were still playing 4-3-3.
“I don’t understand what the point was in playing Danny Ings in that wide position. He didn’t give the support to Benteke. You think about how many strikers Liverpool have on the books and they have no wide players. They’ve only got Jordon Ibe. Firmino is not a wide player and Coutinho played there last week and he’s not a wide player.
“I don’t understand this obsession with playing 4-3-3. Brendan Rodgers came to the club wanting to play 4-3-3 and it didn’t work. The great season they had was with two strikers and how they got them into the team is down to the manager. They’ve got a lot of strikers, no wide players, and he continues to play 4-3-3.”
The Merseyside outfit lost 3-1 to the Red Devils on Saturday, in a major blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League. They have now not won,and only scored once, in three matches, after a promising start to the campaign. After spending big in the summer, Rodgers will be under a lot of pressure to turn this poor run around in the near future.
With the Europa League starting on Thursday it isn’t going to get any easier for the Reds, although games against Aston Villa and Norwich City in the coming weeks could be opportunities to pick up points. If they fail to do so, then it will be an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League.