Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool are suffering with the absence of a clear ‘number 10’ who can “play the final pass”.
The Reds fell to a fifth-consecutive Premier League defeat at Anfield as they lost 1-0 to Chelsea on Thursday night.
It was yet another match where Jurgen Klopp‘s side struggled to create any clear-cut chances, meaning they’ve now scored once at home in their last six matches.
With Liverpool struggling to press with the same intensity as previous seasons, given their mass injuries and hectic fixture schedule, Carragher believes they’re lacking a natural number 10 who could offer them more creativity in the final third.
“I watched Gini Wijnaldum in the second-half get done on a one-two, they want to do things and they just can’t get there,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I don’t know if it’s the same players playing week-in, week-out, off the back of four or five years of high-intensity football. Who knows what it is?
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“We’ll maybe nearly get to the bottom of it next season when we see the crowds back and maybe more of a normal season but they just don’t seem right in terms of energy and pace at the moment.
“Jurgen Klopp famously said, his pressing is better than any number 10, but when you watch Liverpool, you feel like they need a number 10 – they need that type of player because the pressing isn’t there.