Jamie Carragher avoiding Jurgen Klopp at Anfield after Liverpool criticism


Jamie Carragher has joked that he has been forced to avoid Jurgen Klopp after criticising the German for not signing a centre-half during the summer

Jamie Carragher.

The Reds legend believed that Klopp should have signed another central defender following Dejan Lovren's departure.

Liverpool allowed Lovren to leave Anfield after winning the title, but decided against bringing in a direct replacement.

Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever was also allowed to join Wolves and just weeks into the season their options are already looking limited.

Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury vs Everton, with Carragher claiming another player should have been brought in.

"Dejan Lovren went and they didn't replace him so they only have three centre-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured," he said.

"There are question marks now about Joe Gomez. So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to go big in the transfer market."

Klopp instantly hit back at Carragher in his following press conference: "It's hard to have four world-class centre-halves.

"If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake - I think Carragher mentioned already - there are a few reasons why they don't do this job."

The pundit did then suggest that his words had been misconstrued: "Not once this season have I said it was a mistake for Klopp not to buy a centre-back for the exact reason he states."

But during the Champions League win over Midtjylland, Carragher joked he was keeping his distance from the Liverpool boss.

He told CBS Sports: "Well, he's just on my right shoulder [as Carragher is stood on the sidelines of the Anfield pitch].

"I am just being careful. He is 6ft5, isn't he? Have you seen the size of him? Why do you think I am stood in the Kop?"

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