Jamie Carragher has not been impressed with Liverpool’s first few performances under new manager Jurgen Klopp.
During half-time of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday, the Sky Sports pundit said the Reds had been playing like a “church choir”, adding that everyone in Klopp’s team was too nice.
Klopp’s arrival earlier this month led to huge expectation from the Liverpool faithful, but the Merseyside outfit are still looking for their first victory under the former Borussia Dortmund head coach following three consecutive draws.
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"Watching Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has found out over two-and-a-half games that it's an average squad of players," Carragher was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "He's come in with the idea of heavy metal football, but for two-and-a-half games Liverpool have been playing like a church choir.
"Slow, boring, nothing happening. No aggression, everyone is nice."
Harsh comment from Carragher
Carragher’s comment seemed unnecessarily harsh on Klopp, who is still getting to know his players and will need time to make his mark on this Liverpool side.
It seemed Carragher was speaking more like a fan and less like the knowledgeable former pro that, in reality, he is.
It’s true that Liverpool have been a little underwhelming in their first few matches under Klopp; there’s no question they should have beaten 10-man Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night.
But a 0-0 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was a decent result while Sunday’s draw against the Saints wasn’t a disastrous outcome, either.
Klopp must be given time
It’s imperative that everyone associated with Liverpool - particularly former players like Carragher, who should really know better - give Klopp the time he needs to succeed.
The 48-year-old should be allowed to get on with the task in hand without additional and unnecessary pressure heaped onto his shoulders, but comments like Carragher’s on Sunday threaten to make the job tougher than it needs to be.
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