Jamie Carragher on the Liverpool player who is struggling
"Liverpool were awful."
Liverpool have lost 1-0 away to Nottingham Forest and Jamie Carragher was quick to point out the one player who really seems to be struggling.
After three wins on the bounce, including a massive victory over Manchester City, Liverpool were in a strong position as they set up to play the team at the bottom of the league.
However, the consistency that the Reds so badly need just seems to keep eluding them, going from playing wonderful football to struggling against so called lesser opponents.
The away side did have chances, particularly from set pieces where Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino found themselves completely free, but couldn't find the back of the net.
Eventually Taiwo Awoniyi broke the deadlock, scoring against his former side, and no matter how much Jurgen Klopp's side huffed and puffed, they just couldn't find a way through.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher took to Twitter after the game, first to praise Steve Cooper for the fantastic job he's doing at Forest, and then to single out a player who has been struggling for his beloved club.
Liverpool lose to bottom of the table Forest pic.twitter.com/bk4TKMRyrp
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) October 22, 2022
"Steve Cooper has changed Forest in the last few weeks to be a lot harder to beat, tactically very good again today. Liverpool were awful, what is going on with, Fabinho Konate is needed back ASAP!"
The Brazilian midfielder had been a colossal part of everything that was good at Anfield and this Liverpool team.
The 28-year-old was the engine of their midfield, and so important when covering the defence, and often contributed with some creative football going forward.
Steve Cooper has changed Forest in the last few weeks to be a lot harder to beat, tactically very good again today.
Liverpool were awful, what is going on with Fabinho 🤯 Konate is needed back ASAP!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 22, 2022
This season however, and in this game in particular, Fabinho just didn't seem to be himself - he looked lethargic, off the pace, and his passing was very questionable.
To make things worse for Klopp, the injury list continues to pile up as Darwin Nunez and Thiago were both unable to pass the fitness tests for today's game.
They join Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Naby Keita, Arthur Melo, and Ibrahima Konate on the sick list, while Curtis Jones, and Oxlade Chamberlain have just returned to the side after recovering from long term injuries.
Carragher highlighted the need for Konate to return in particular, as the Frenchman was a key part of Liverpool's fantastic run last season, and his performances kept Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip out of the side.
However, after just returning from injury against Arsenal, making an appearance as a substitute, the centre back picked up another knock which has effectively ruled him out of the World Cup.
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