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Jamie Carragher blames Liverpool's transfer window for current troubles

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Liverpool slumped to a fifth draw in seven games as they were pegged back by Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho's stunning opener was cancelled out after a pinpoint Jonjo Shelvey pass set Joselu through on goal. However, the striker might consider himself lucky to have scored, after Joel Matip's recovering tackle deflected off the strikers shin and trickled into Simon Mignolet's goal. 

It was another frustrating result that is symptomatic of Liverpool's difficult season so far. Jurgen Klopp's side have failed to fire on all cylinders since their drubbing of Arsenal in August despite creating a multitude of chances in just about every game since then.

Former Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool's current trouble can be traced back to an underwhelming transfer window in which he feels Liverpool failed to address their real problems.

Carragher feels Klopp should have been looking to emulate Jose Mourinho with his transfer strategies in the summer.

"Liverpool’s transfer window didn’t go well," Carragher said in the aftermath of the draw.

"If you think of Liverpool in this first seven games, you can trace it back to what United were doing wrong last season – lots of chances but couldn’t score.

"End of the season they went and bought [Romelu] Lukaku and it looks like that problem is fixed.

"I still look at Liverpool and think they didn’t fix the problems in the summer that needed fixing and that is the big problem.

"I just feel like every time I do a Liverpool game, I am going to be saying the same things.

"Klopp’s getting the questions, I’m going to be giving the same answers."

United have enjoyed a blistering start to the season and lie second only on goal difference to city rival Manchester City.

While Carragher's comments may be difficult for Liverpool fans to swallow, especially considering the United compliments, the former defender makes a good point.

Jurgen Klopp will be desperately hoping to prove him wrong after the international break.

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