Jamie Carragher has agreed with Gary Neville that Jurgen Klopp must make a drastic change to Liverpool ’s defensive tactics.
The Reds have suffered injuries to key players at the back, including Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
That has led to Klopp being forced to play inexperienced defenders, such as Nat Phillips, or central midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in his backline.
As a result, Klopp’s side have lost the defensive resilience that helped them to win their first ever Premier League title last season.
Instead, they have conceded 34 goals so far this term, the most of any team in the top half and one more than they conceded in the whole of last season.
After Liverpool’s loss to Everton on Saturday, Neville called for Klopp to change his defensive tactics in a bid to turn their form around.
“Liverpool are still pushing up really high – why not protect them more?” he said on the Gary Neville Podcast.
“Maybe they need to drop deeper for a game and try something different. I know it's not in Klopp or Liverpool's DNA but if you have got two central midfielders at centre back or two untried players there you have got to protect them.
“I think they have to try something different otherwise they will end up in a really bad drop off. From going from Champions League and Premier League winners to fifth or sixth.
“They cannot afford that. Liverpool need the financial might of the Champions League so they need to win it or get in the top four.”
And Carragher agreed with his fellow Sky Sports pundit that Liverpool need to protect their defence more if they are to avoid missing out on Champions League football.
“Defensively now I think, is there a case of actually putting Liverpool 10 yards further back,” he said on Monday Night Football.
“Liverpool never played this high when Jurgen Klopp first came in, when they had Kolo Toure, they had Sakho, Skrtel, Lovren. They still pressed.
“It may be a case of that because this high line at the moment, Kabak is struggling early on in his Liverpool career.
“Ben Davies may come in, Nat Phillips is going to play, they need a bit more help and a bit more protection. I think that could help them going forward.”
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