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'Back at that stage': Jamie Carragher points to Liverpool transfer history

Jamie Carragher points to Liverpool’s recent transfer history for inspiration. He believes their current slump is merely something they’ve dealt with before.

Liverpool suffered a 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. It’s their third consecutive home defeat, in fact – something that hasn’t happened for a long, long time.

It’s 60 years since a defending champion pulled that off. This, then, is a particularly bad patch.

So how do the Reds get out of it? Well, Jamie Carragher believes they’ve got to look at their recent transfer history for inspiration.

“His first summer he brought in three players – Joel Matip, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Sadio Mane. That then took them into the Champions League,” he told Sky Sports.

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“Over the next 12 months he then brought in Mohamed Salah in the summer, Virgil van Dijk in the January and Alisson on the back of the 2018 Champions League final. That then took them on again, to the Champions League win and the title.

“I think Liverpool are back at that stage where they need those three players to come in again to give them that jolt.”

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He’s probably right but it’s a lot easier said than done this time around. For starters, Liverpool built a team with those players. Now they’re breaking one up.

Every new signing would add something new as Liverpool built a structure and a system that would win. And they did that wonderfully.

New players now break that winning system up, however. You’re trying to keep things steady, not improve.

Trying to find new players who complement the current stars just as well as their teammates is very difficult. It can be impossible.

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How do you replace Roberto Firmino? He’s a unique player and there are very few False 9s at the top of the game. But if you don’t find the same type of player, how will it affect the rest of the team?

These are the questions Liverpool must ask themselves because Carragher is right – they have to shake things up again. This time around, though, it just won’t be as simple as signing three players and throwing them in.

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