Jamie Carragher has admitted he was probably wrong to doubt Jurgen Klopp’s decision to play Lucas Leiva at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.
The Sky Sports pundit called Lucas a “colossus” during extra-time of Tuesday night’s FA Cup fourth round replay against West Ham - only for the Brazilian to concede the free-kick that led to West Ham’s winner in dying seconds of the match.
“Lucas also still loves to concede a free kick whether in midfield or CB,” Carragher tweeted six minutes after his initial post.
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After the final whistle, Carragher - despite his earlier praise for Lucas - voiced his frustration that the versatile midfielder had conceded a “silly” set piece at such a crucial point in the match.
“Lfc didn't deserve that but you're asking for trouble conceding silly set pieces with their size & our poor record on set pieces,” he added.
Injury crisis at Anfield
Lucas wouldn’t usually be starting for Liverpool in central defence, but Jurgen Klopp was forced to play the 29-year-old in that position alongside Tiago Ilori on Tuesday night with the likes of Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Steven Caulker out injured.
Liverpool have now gone four matches without a win and have their work cut out to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Klopp’s men are currently ninth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and 18 points behind Leicester City.
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