Jamie Carragher names Liverpool’s big problem and makes second-leg prediction


Jamie Carragher admits Liverpool still lack ‘real creativity’ in midfield after they suffered defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, though believes they can turn the tie around.

The reigning European champions were beaten 1-0 in Madrid on Tuesday night in the first leg of their last-16 clash, with Saul Niguez’s early strike after just four minutes proving the difference as Atletico dug in to defend their narrow lead.

Carragher admits the match – in which Liverpool did not have a single shot on target – typified their problems in midfield, but is confident they can overcome the deficit at Anfield in two weeks.

Speaking to Viasport after the game, Carragher said: ‘Well it was a really frustrating night for Liverpool. 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.

‘But I think tonight you have to say Atletico defended really well and the important thing for Liverpool was not to lose their discipline, and get a red card or go down to 10 men, and to make sure the game stayed at 1-0 and not 2-0.

‘At 1-0 I still think Liverpool have a great opportunity of going through. If it had gone 2-0 I think Liverpool would have been nearly out.

‘So at 1-0 Atletico deserved it, they had the better chances, but Liverpool will be a lot better at Anfield.’

Despite having 73% possession in the match, Liverpool only had eight attempts in the game and did not force Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to make a single save, while striker Alvaro Morata missed two great chances to double the hosts’ lead on the night and potentially kill off the tie.

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