Video: Carragher and Souness criticise Rodgers’ “obsession with 4-3-3”

13 September 2015

Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness were in the Sky Sports studio for the defeat at Man United on Saturday, and both were visibly angry about how poor the Reds were.

Carragher admitted that United were “deserved winers”, nothing – like most supporters and observers – that when Danny Ings was named in the teamsheet pre-match it surely meant he would be alongside Christian Benteke up front.

“I said before the game it must be two up front with a diamond formation but he still played 4-3-3,” Carragher said.

“I don’t understand what the point was in playing Danny Ings in that wide position. He still didn’t get the support to Benteke.

“Think about how many strikers Liverpool have on the books, they don’t have wide players. Firmino isn’t a wide player.

“Origi came on as a striker, you’ve still got Sturridge to come back so I don’t understand this obsession with playing 4-3-3.

“Brendan Rodgers came to the club wanting to play 4-3-3 and it didn’t work. The great season Liverpool had was with two strikers.

“He’s got a lot of strikers, wide players, and he continues to play 4-3-3.”

Souness added: “It was square pegs in round holes. It just didn’t work.

“Firmino doesn’t want to be out there and nor does Ings, who spent most of first half running back towards his own goal.

“You have to make players feel comfortable in the positions they are playing in. It was only when Jordon Ibe came on that Liverpool had a naturally wide player who was happy to be there.

“Liverpool had players who didn’t look like they were enjoying their football.”

MAN UNITED 3-1 LIVERPOOL POST-MATCH COVERAGE

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