On 13 August 2023, Liverpool began their English Premier League (EPL) 2023/24 season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. An enthralling battle was getting expected after both clubs were going head-to-head in order to sign players like Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia. The match did not disappoint as it ended 1-1 after thrilling performances from both teams.
But, the former Liverpool player, Jamie Carragher shared his concerns and claimed that the Reds need to sign a defensive midfielder and a centre-back before the summer window closes on 1 September. Caicedo already rejected them as he chose Chelsea but as of current reports, they have agreed to a deal with Southampton for Lavia. However, Chelsea are still in the race.
“The big worry for me with Liverpool is defensively.” – Jamie Carragher
Carragher said that if the team fail to sign a defender and a defensive midfielder then, it will be tough for Jurgen Klopp to make his rebuild phase a successful one. While speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “They get asked a lot more questions now – so there’s more goals conceded and more mistakes made. I do still feel they can be better defensively, it just feels too easy to get from one end of the pitch to the other against Liverpool. That’s a big problem.”
Carragher added: “We know Trent is never going to be in the team for his defensive ability. Van Dijk is not quite the same, we’ve accepted that. So I just think they’re going to be asked questions more and without the protection they need, they need someone to steady the ship in there and win one-versus-one battles, rather than get forward.”
“The big worry for me with Liverpool is defensively. The last action sums it up as they had a corner and they nearly conceded a goal at the other end. Liverpool need a holding midfielder. They need a real defender, an out-and-out defender who can play right across that back four,” he concluded. However, Liverpool will take on Bournemouth at Anfield on 19 August in their second game of the season.