Liverpool called out for ‘turning a blind eye’ after transfer blow
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Liverpool have been called out by club icon Jamie Carragher for ignoring potential moves after they were snubbed by Jude Bellingham and Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer. Jurgen Klopp’s side have had a disappointing start to the season as they sit eighth in the Premier League table, but did qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages on Wednesday with a 3-0 win away to Ajax.
Liverpool’s lack of quality in depth has been highlighted this campaign due to their lengthy injury list, as youngsters Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho have been asked to play significant minutes in midfield. However there have been calls for several years for the Reds to reinvigorate their midfield, though they have largely fallen on deaf ears.
Klopp admitted he was wrong not to add to his midfield towards the end of the summer window, following links to Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and then-Monaco’s Tchouameni, who has since moved to Real Madrid. Following injuries to Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool opted to sign Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus but the Brazilian only made one substitute appearance before suffering a long-term injury.
Carragher has claimed that the Reds made a mistake in not identifying midfielders in a lower-quality bracket to sign after it was made clear that they would not have been able to bring either Bellingham or Tchouameni to Anfield in the summer.
“I felt Liverpool feel as though they can just get through another season in midfield because they missed out on Jude Bellingham and [Aurélien] Tchouameni who went to Real Madrid,” Carragher told CBS Sports.
“This season has proved they should have gone into the market for just what we might call good players because at this moment the midfield is just not functioning, and when you have a problem defensively and going forward, the first place you look at is the midfield.”
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Liverpool have held a long-standing interest in Bellingham, who since moving to Dortmund from Birmingham has become a star and an England starter under Gareth Southgate, and should he decide to leave the Bundesliga side will have no shortage of admirers.
If Bellingham does opt to move this summer, Liverpool will be wary that they may be at a disadvantage should they miss out on the Champions League places this season.
Klopp’s side are five points off Newcastle, who currently occupy fourth place, and will almost certainly require a top-four finish to be able to compete with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea for the England man’s signature as they are unlikely to be able to offer the same financial package as their competitors.
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