Jamie Carragher slams Liverpool's 'SHAMBOLIC' central defenders

Jamie Carragher slams Liverpool’s ‘SHAMBOLIC’ defenders Joel Matip and Joe Gomez after dismal defeat by Wolves… as the Reds icon makes it clear Jurgen Klopp needs ‘leader’ Virgil Van Dijk as quickly as possible

  • Jamie Carragher has hit out at Liverpool’s central defenders after Wolves game 
  • The Reds lost 3-0 with Joel Matip scoring an own goal, alongside Joe Gomez 
  • Carragher made it clear that ‘leader’ Virgil Van Dijk was desperately needed 

Jamie Carragher slammed Liverpool’s ‘shambolic’ central defence after their 3-0 defeat to Wolves on Saturday. 

He was not impressed with the way Joel Matip and Joe Gomez handled themselves in the middle of the back four – and hinted it showed why the Reds needed ‘leader’ Virgil Van Dijk back sooner rather than later. 

The Dutchman has missed Liverpool’s last three league games with a hamstring injury, with the Reds winning none of those games – but should be back in training this week.

His return can’t come at a better time, following their defeat to Wolves, going 2-0 down within 12 minutes through a Matip own goal and then Craig Dawson’s rocket on his debut for the hosts. Ruben Neves got the third with just under 20 minutes to play.

The result, and particularly the defensive performance of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, was slated by former Liverpool legend Carragher, who said the defenders should have stepped up in Van Dijk’s absence.  

Liverpool central defenders Joel Matip, who scored an own goal, and Joe Gomez were slated

Jamie Carragher said it was clear they needed ‘leader’ Virgil Van Dijk in the backline again 

Carragher tweeted: ‘It’s not too difficult to play Centre Back next to the leader of the back four, judge CB’s when they have to lead themselves.’

Speaking after the defeat, Klopp himself confirmed he was concerned about the state of Liverpool’s defensive issues.

When asked about Liverpool’s form, conceding 20 more goals than the whole of the 2021-22 season, the German gaffer said: ‘How can I not be concerned?

‘I don’t lose confidence in the boys but we have to improve.’

Gomez came into the Liverpool side for the Wolves match, having replaced Ibrahima Konate, who partnered Matip for the Brighton match.   

However, given the state of recent results, Van Dijk might be expected to return to the starting 11 at the earliest possible opportunity to sure up Liverpool’s back line.

They next have the Merseyside derby on Monday February 13, before a trip to Newcastle five days later.  

A frustrated Jurgen Klopp has said he is ‘concerned’ about Liverpool’s form following defeat

Liverpool face future challenges against Everton and Newcastle United in the next fortnight 

Van Dijk should return to training this week after a hamstring injury left him absent from games

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