Jamie Carragher has nailed the reason why Liverpool are so inconsistent this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men took a big step forward in their pursuit of Champions League football with the win over Everton in the weekend’s Merseyside derby.
But they took a step back tonight by dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.
It was a disappointing performance from the hosts as they went 1-0 down to Benik Afobe’s opener before recovering to take a 2-1 lead through Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi.
It looked like they’d make it out of the game with all three points – but that didn’t happen after Joshua King’s 87th-minute equaliser for the visitors.
Similarly bad results for Manchester United and Manchester City means Liverpool’s draw isn’t too damaging, but Arsenal won tonight and that means they could lose their top four place if City and the Gunners win their games in hand.
Klopp’s men have had an issue with consistency against the teams in the bottom half of the Premier League this season and club legend Carragher believes it’s got something to do with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip missing too many games:
Problem for @Lfc is Lovren & Matip always missing games, need to be tougher. 3rd choice Klavan then has to play more & eventually it shows.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 5, 2017
Matip didn’t play tonight, meaning Ragnar Klavan came in to his place – and it still remains to be seen whether or not he’s good enough to be at the club.
It must also get fans thinking about Mamadou Sakho and whether or not he should have been sent out on loan to Crystal Palace in January.
The Frenchman is performing very well for the Selhurst Park club and is producing the kind of form that could make him an automatic starter at Liverpool.