Jamie Carragher: Liverpool Do Not Have Any World-Class Players

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Jamie Carragher: Liverpool Do Not Have Any World-Class Players

Liverpool ex-defender Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp's rebuild at Liverpool is being hindered by Liverpool's lack of world-class players.

Klopp today reaches the 100-day mark in his Liverpool reign and the German has racked up 10 wins in 21 games.
HINDERED: Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp has not inherited any world-class players
He faces a scrap to steer the ninth-placed Reds to a Champions League place with the squad he inherited.

But Kop icon Carragher fears Klopp is badly missing out on a "bonus" player such as Steven Gerrard or Luis Suarez.

The ex-defender wrote in his Daily Mail column: "Klopp is facing a harder task to revive Liverpool's fortunes than any man since Bill Shankly arrived in 1959 because he has not inherited a world-class player; in modern times, every change in the dug-out has been triggered by the squad not being good enough.

"Yet whether it was Graeme Souness or Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier or Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish or Brendan Rodgers, there were always a handful of players of the highest calibre — Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard or Luis Suarez — waiting for them.

"The new man doesn't have that bonus. Yes, there are some very good players — Daniel Sturridge, when he is fit, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson are excellent — but you need much more than that to get to the top.

"Trouble is, Liverpool are finding it increasingly difficult to keep pace. Geography is a problem now, with the best foreign players increasingly drawn to London, and so too are wages.

"Fenway Sports Group will pay big transfer fees but a true indication of where a club finishes is gauged by the wages they pay."

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