Jamie Carragher criticises Jurgen Klopp for defensive rotation in Man City defeat

Beth Cruz
September 10, 2017

Liverpool's coach, Jurgen Klopp has lamented the club's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, faulting the referee's decision to award a straight red card to Sadio Mane. It was courageous. Unfortunately, he is injured but hopefully, he will come back as soon as possible. It'll be interesting how Pep Guardiola positions his full-backs and how much freedom he'll allow Kyle Walker and Danilo to venture forward.

"I was really angry at half-time - not because of the scoreline, not because of the red card - I was angry because I didn't see that we really understood we could have got everything", said Klopp.

"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping to make his Liverpool debut but with England captain Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, who I'm a big fan off, set to play I don't see him getting a game".

"There was not one second he looks on the goalie". Ederson underwent tests but City's medical team found no serious injury.

Once Mane was sent off, understandably, Liverpool struggled the whole due to the disadvantage of having 10 men on the pitch.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher however, feels that the red card was deserved and said, "It's a red card". He didn't need to give a red card. "I do not know if it was a red card". With respect to Jesus - brilliant as he was as the game became embarrassingly one-sided - De Bruyne was already running the show against Liverpool's 11 men. The second goal helped us a lot. And not for the first time, it was hard to imagine any possible way manager Jurgen Klopp can achieve his ambitions if his side are going to defend this generously.

With City playing three at the back, two wing-backs and two strikers, it was left to De Bruyne and David Silva to be the creative force in Guardiola's midfield and the Belgian, in particular, took on the responsibility perfectly.

After a cagey opening period, which saw Liverpool and in particular Mohamed Salah miss a few good chances, City took the lead via their Argentine hit-man.

The English Premier League Manchester City vs Liverpool will be broadcasted live on TV channels such as Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Sect 1 HD and Sport 24.

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