Carragher criticises Liverpool midfield of ‘same problem’ in Atletico defeat


Jamie Carragher has bemoaned Liverpool’s midfield of having a lack of creativity against Atletico Madrid but admitted La Liga giants were fully deserved of their win.

Liverpool lost 1-0 in the Spanish capital on Tuesday night and play the Champions League last-16 second leg next month at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side fell behind early on in the tie when Saul Niguez took advantage of a loose ball in the Reds’ penalty area.

Liverpool dominated possession for the rest of the game but failed to register a shot on target as Atletico’s defence frustrated a strong Reds frontline.

Carragher believes Liverpool’s inability to break down Diego Simeone’s side was due to a lack of creativity coming from the midfield – and reckons it’s been an issue for a while now.

“Well it was a really frustrating night for Liverpool,” he told Viasport . “We knew how Atletico would play, Jurgen Klopp knew. ‘But the big thing you don’t want to do in games like this is concede the first goal – and so very early from a set-piece.

“Sometimes it happens, little bit of luck and it rebounds and they go 1-0 up.

“Liverpool didn’t get too frustrated but they couldn’t create anything, they don’t have real creativity, certainly in midfield. That’s always been a problem.

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