Despite the acquisitions of Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun and Ryan Babel in the summer, the Daily Telegraph reports that Jamie Carragher has lamented the quality of his Liverpool team this season. Speaking as frankly as ever, the scouser explains how gutted he was to be knocked out of the FA Cup by Barnsley but is looking forward to the Inter clash all the same.
“I wouldn’t call this just a bad spell, it’s been a lot longer than that,” Carragher said.
“We realise that we are not playing well enough. It’s not a matter of putting your finger on one reason. It’s simply because we have not been good enough.”
And, speaking about the club’s performance at Anfield in the FA Cup on Saturday, the centre back was equally withering in his views, saying: “We’re devasted obviously. It’s a major, major blow to go out of the competition to a lower league team at Anfield. We realise that’s not good enough.
“This clearly isn’t the best preparation for Inter. But we had the same situation last season, when we lost to Arsenal twice in the cups and people said we’re finished before we’d even played Barcelona. But we got through on that occasion and, hopefully, this can be the same again.”
Indeed, Liverpool’s recent record in the Champions League means you wouldn’t bet against them beating the Italian champions on Tuesday. Or would you? Is the Reds squad good enough to win the Premier League and why are they so damn inconsistent?