Jamie Carragher says he ‘can’t believe’ Jurgen Klopp didn’t make a half-time change for Liverpool vs Arsenal. The Reds played out a 0-0 draw.
Liverpool played the vast majority of their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against 10 men on Thursday evening. The fact it took until stoppage time for them to have a shot on target is pretty embarrassing, then.
The Reds struggled to get going in the game and Arsenal’s incredibly deep, compact defence caused them trouble. There was far too much cautious passing around the box or poor floated crosses than any real incicivenes.
So the 0-0 scoreline was inevitable. Liverpool had the players out there to score goals but really, they failed to provide any decent chances for them. Even the best chance of the game – Takumi Minamino’s poor open goal – came from a deflection.
It’s easy to see where the problem lay, then – midfield. That’s not a slight on the players, as such, but more than Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and James Milner aren’t built for this sort of game. They were ideal for the high-energy press when Arsenal were attacking. That second half, though? Just the wrong fit.
And with Curtis Jones on the bench, it seemed a strange move to play so long against 10 men without a change. Jamie Carragher, certainly, can’t understand it.
Carragher wanted Liverpool change vs Arsenal
“I was convinced Jurgen Klopp would make a change [at half time],” he told Sky Sports after the game. “I can’t believe Liverpool came out with the same XI.
“Arsenal are down to 10 men, you’ve got a very workman-link midfield. I think the first substitution, James Milner comes off on the hour. That had to be made at half-time.”
Carragher went on to call the delay of a Liverpool substitution “really strange”. And it was – Jones was influential after coming on. In fact, it was the Scouser who managed that one shot on target.
Milner, who earns a reported £140k-a-week, is a great player who has had some wonderful performances this season. Tonight, though, he should have made way earlier to give Jones more of an influence early on.
Next time out, we’d like to see Jones from the start then. It feels like Liverpool dropped the ball here.