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Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool's failure to replace Coutinho is a problem.

Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool need to sign a replacement for Coutinho in the summer

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Liverpool's hopes of winning their first Premier League title took another dent on Sunday as they drew to Everton.

The Reds held a seven-point lead at the top of the table just a matter of months ago.

However, a loss to Manchester City, followed by draws against Leicester City, Manchester United, West Ham and Everton mean they are now one point behind.

Liverpool are no longer favourites to win the title with nine games left to go.

Jamie Carragher was working for Sky Sports and gave his opinion on Liverpool's latest setback.

He bemoaned Liverpool's inability to replace Philippe Coutinho in the summer and thinks it is a position the club need to strengthen in the summer, even if they do win the title.

When asked if Liverpool had a problem, Carragher replied: "Yes, in terms of the make-up of the midfield three but it isn't just a problem now, I think that was even a problem if you go back to the end of last season when Liverpool were doing so well in the Champions League.

"There were certain games, like the final of the Champions League, where you looked at the set-up and thought that they lacked just one player.

Coutinho left to join Barcelona last January

"They lost Coutinho last January and they never replaced him.

"They tried to replace him with someone from Lyon (Nabil Fekir) but they couldn't get him.

"Even if Liverpool win the league I still think it is a position that Liverpool need to try and fill."

As Carragher mentioned, Liverpool did go all out to replace Coutinho last summer, but a deal for Fekir was cancelled due to concerns over a recurring knee injury.

Danny Murphy reiterated the point that Liverpool have missed Coutinho.

“I think if you ask Liverpool supporters if they would like that kind of player back ie. Coutinho then yes of course," Murphy said on Match of the Day 2, per Goal.

Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool need to sign an attacking midfielder in the summer

“I think it is always best to have one and they don’t have one that you can hang your hat on at the moment in that role."

With Coutinho struggling at Barcelona, Liverpool may have the option to buy him back in the summer...

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