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07th Mar 2023

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have unearthed a new front three

Lee Costello

Carragher front three

“Will it ever get to that level?”

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool have the makings of a new front three to replace the old guard of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

Salah, of course is still there, but Firmino has announced his departure at the end of the season while Mane is currently playing in Germany for Bayern Munich.

These three stars have been the spearhead of Liverpool’s defence for so long, and so successfully, that replacing them seems like a daunting task.

Carragher front three

However, when the Reds hammered Man United 7-0 at Anfield on Sunday, the goals were coming from some new names as well.

Cody Gakpo got off to a difficult start under Jurgen Klopp, but his recent form has got fans buzzing, while Darwin Nunez is finally fulfilling the potential that was clear to see from the start.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher believes that the making of a new attacking trio is already at the club.

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“The announcement on Roberto for me, not being at the club next season, Sadio Mane at the start of the season moving, and Liverpool just not being at the races for a lot of this season.

“It just felt nice to see Gakpo, Nunez, Salah, still got Diaz to come back, Jota off the bench, that there could be the makings of a new front three. Will it ever get to that level? We don’t know

“But let’s not forget Manchester United are top quality opposition. Going into this game, probably one of the most in form teams in Europe.

Carragher front three

“So for you’re attacking players to be that sort of devastating on the day and score those amounts of goals, I think, you know, bodes well for the future in terms of Liverpool getting back to their old selves in terms of taking teams apart and scoring goals.

The Liverpool legend also reserved some special praise for he performance of Gakpo, as he was especially impressive against the Red Devils.

“He’s been getting goals, but this was a brilliant performance. But what I would say about Gakpo and Harvey Elliott, they were the two positions that I think were up for grabs.

“I’ll be honest with you, I wanted to play Jota from the start because I thought he’d be better pressing from the front. Liverpool could win the ball back from there.

“But tactically it was fantastic and the role of Gakpo was key and Harvey Elliot.

“Gakpo for me was the big revelation from yesterday, and maybe there’s signs that there may be a new front three for Liverpool blossoming right now.”

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