Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has slammed Brendan Rodgers and his transfer activity over the summer. Claiming the new faces at Anfield are not of the required quality.
Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher believes that Brendan Rodgers has failed to adequately replace Luis Suarez this summer, claiming in the DailyMail that he let his lead singer go and brought in backing singers in his place.
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Over the summer the Reds brought in a number of players including Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren.
With star man Luis Suarez making his long awaited move to Barcelona, Rodgers had the difficult task of rebuilding a team that had had it’s spine ripped out.
Carragher doesn’t believe he has done that however, and is concerned that the players brought in are not of the quality required to succeed at Liverpool.
“No matter how brave a face you try to put on the situation, you cannot under-estimate how damaging it is to lose part of the spine of your team,” said Carragher.
“You know you are losing a world-class talent and the team no longer looks right.”
“This year Rodgers has seen his band’s lead singer move on and, so far, it seems as if Suarez has been replaced with backing singers.”
“I know it’s early days but, when you have spent £38m on defenders like Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, you don’t want to be hearing about settling in. You want instant results but Liverpool are shipping goals.”
Liverpool currently sit 11th in the table with three losses in their opening five games, and while the losses themselves are a cause for concern, it is the nature of the defeats that has worried many.
Brendan Rodgers’ side has looked slow and static, which is in stark contrast to last season’s fluid and attack minded team that scored so many superb goals.
In their losses to West Ham and Aston Villa showed they showed a real lack of quality, struggling to create chances or to even look like a threat going forward.
Liverpool fans are blaming the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge, which is a fair point given that he was the club’s top scorer last season after Suarez. Sturridge wasn’t lighting up the Premier League this season before his injury however, and besides, for any club to rely so much on one player is extremely dangerous.
Having spent well over £100m this summer, the fans will want to start seeing results. It’s understandable that new players take time to bed in, but they will have to step up before it’s too late and Liverpool are out of the title race, or even the fight for top four, altogether.