Speaking on Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher expressed his concern about Liverpool’s defensive frailty against Arsenal this weekend: “What Liverpool have done this season, we’re talking about them playing a high line, I’m not necessarily sure it’s a higher line, but it looks to me as if they’re trying to play offside. They caught players offside more than anyone in the Premier League this season. “I don’t like it and I think they’ve been lucky and fortunate at different times this season to get away with it. When I say Liverpool have got away with it, the quality they’ve played against hasn’t been top class.”
Jamie Carragher says he is concerned by Liverpool’s defensive performances so far this season and fears their high line could be exploited by the pace and clinicalness of Arsenal’s attack. [Metro] pic.twitter.com/8HluonUL14
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When asked if Arsenal’s attackers could cause damage on Saturday, Carragher said: “Well that’s what you think, you think Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe maybe coming on also. I said after the Norwich game, if they were playing a top team they may not have won. Considering they won 4-1, it’s a big thing to say I suppose, but the quality Arsenal have, if Liverpool get caught in those positions and don’t run back, they’re going to have major problems within that game. You think about on the counter-attack as well, Liverpool playing higher up on the pitch on Saturday. And listen of course Liverpool are going to cause big problems the other way, I have no doubt about that, but the chances, the shots on goal that they’re allowing at this moment, better quality teams, better quality strikers, are going to make Liverpool pay.” (Quotes from The Mirror)
We think Liverpool being without Alisson is proving a key reason why they look more open and more likely to concede this season. Questions have been asked, but with a 100% win record so far this season, Klopp still has plenty of time to iron out the kinks. A clean sheet against a deadly Arsenal attack on Saturday would be a good start!