MX23RW : Monday, October 25 04:45:23| >> :120:21466:21466:

Jamie Carragher fears Liverpool could be hit by lack of forward depth

Jamie Carragher fears Liverpool could be hit by lack of forward depth
© Reuters
Any injuries, on top of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah's likely African Nations Cup absence, could damage the Reds according to their former defender.

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool's forward line could struggle if they pick up injuries and was disappointed not to see the Reds recruit any attackers in the transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp brought in just one summer signing in the form of centre-back Ibrahima Konate for a reported £36million, compared to their title rivals who all splashed out around £100million to strengthen their squads.

Xherdan Shaqiri sealed a permanent move to Lyon while 2020-21 ever-present midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum exited Anfield to sign for Paris St Germain, and the prospect of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah going to the African Nations Cup in January could spell danger.

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool – Premier League – The Hawthorns
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah could go to the African Nations Cup (Rui Vieira/PA)

Carragher told the PA news agency: "I'm disappointed Liverpool haven't got an attacker in, I must say.

"I do think Liverpool are short in the attack and they will have to keep everybody fit, which is nigh on impossible really. I do think they will struggle but they're very robust, Liverpool's front three.

"Mane and maybe Salah away for the Africa Cup of Nations at some stage, I'm not sure how many games they'll miss but I do think that was something to miss for Liverpool."

Amidst the question marks surrounding their transfer window, the 2019-20 Premier League champions have made a bright start to life this season having won their opening two games against Norwich and Burnley and shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw against fellow title contenders Chelsea at Anfield last week.

Despite not spending much, Liverpool have seen a number of players come back from injury with Virgil Van Dijk making his return alongside fellow centre-back Joe Gomez and midfielder Jordan Henderson, who missed large parts of last campaign.

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk's return has boosted Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Asked whether the Merseyside club may have similar misfortune in attacking positions as they did in defence last season, the 43-year-old said: "They've got (Divock) Origi there and (Takumi) Minamino but I basically wanted someone who was better than them to come in to the club.

"You know whether it's the owners, if it's something to do with the pandemic, finances are tight and you know with no one going out we couldn't bring anyone in. 

"(Diogo) Jota is there as well and he was a big miss for Liverpool last season, he missed about four months with a knee injury.

Carragher, who had plenty of battles with Manchester City during his playing days, will be back at the Etihad Stadium in the Soccer Aid for UNICEF celebrity charity match on Saturday and will be on a team which includes fellow Sky pundit Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Jamie Redknapp amongst others.

Soccer Aid Training – Mottram Hall
Jamie Carragher will be taking part in this year's Soccer Aid (Martin Rickett/PA)

The former England and Liverpool defender said: "It's going to be good to get the boots back on, it's a great game that brings lots of different people together.

"I may even tackle Gary Neville, and he's on my team! Someone's got to get him at some stage so I'll let the Rest of the World try and if someone hasn't got him, I'll make it my duty for the day."

* Soccer Aid for UNICEF is live from 6:30pm, Saturday 4th September at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, exclusively on ITV and STV. This year, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will match donations, meaning every £1 raise or donated becomes £2 – up to £6.3 million. Donate now at Socceraid.org.uk/donate

ID:462113:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect9034:

Click here for more stories about Jamie Carragher

Click here for more stories about Liverpool

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Takumi Minamino in action for Liverpool on January 23, 2020
Read Next:
Tuesday's Liverpool transfer talk: Minamino, Neuhaus, Mbappe
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea97112332022
2Liverpool96302762121
3Manchester CityMan City96212041620
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham95221610617
5Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton943299015
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs9504913-415
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231615114
8Everton94231514114
9Leicester CityLeicester94231515014
10Arsenal94231013-314
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves941499013
12Brentford9333119212
13Aston Villa93151315-210
14Watford93151217-510
15Crystal Palace91621114-39
16Southampton9153812-48
17Leeds UnitedLeeds9144816-87
18Burnley9045715-84
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle90451120-94
20Norwich CityNorwich9027223-212

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!