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As a result of Liverpool’s draw against Palace, Carragher identifies three ‘problems’

Carragher: Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool defender Nate Phillips had a “difficult” night in Monday’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. With Ibrahim Konate and Joel Matip injured and Joe Gomez only fit enough for the bench, Phillips was handed his first Premier League start of the season.

Carragher:

Klopp’s injury list has been growing in recent weeks with key midfielder Thiago Alcantara one of the latest to be dropped for Liverpool. Diaz will need to keep Liverpool in the title race after the Nunes idiocy.

And Carragher believes Thiago’s absence, Phillips’ performance, and his lack of attacking options off the bench hurt Liverpool against Palace on Monday.

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“Thiago missing is a huge loss, you can’t really replace him,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “Where the injuries really hurt Liverpool was not being able to bring an attacking player off the bench.

“Firmino, Jota, somebody when you need a goal – that’s a problem. They’ve ended up with Nate Phillips at center-back so they’ve got injuries in one position, three center-backs out, and they’ve got one. Positional issues – Phillips found it difficult tonight.

“But Liverpool had a team on the pitch to beat Crystal Palace and I think if Nunes stays on the pitch they will go on and win that game.” Liverpool finished just one point behind champions Manchester City last season but, after the first two games of this campaign, they already find themselves four points adrift.

Given the ‘ridiculous’ standard set by Liverpool and City over the past few seasons, Carragher’s fellow pundit Gary Neville believes “the draw almost feels like a rout”.

Speaking ahead of the game, Neville said: “I mean it’s ridiculous that we’re actually asking that question and answering it. Of course, they’re going to drop points but these two clubs have had the last few The standards that have been set over the years are absolutely ridiculous.

“We’ve got to a point where a draw with them both almost feels like a defeat. Especially if it comes against one of the teams in the bottom half of the table.

You look at the average points, 94.8, they only concede 19.2 points a season on average and they don’t concede much against bottom-half teams so they set the standard but they have to live up to it and that’s why you ask. There are questions “I think in some ways Jurgen Klopp will need to win tonight so he doesn’t slip up twice on the bounce.”

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