Carragher explains where Liverpool are different from last season - Reason for inconsistency

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on why he feels the Reds have struggled this season.

Former Liverpool defender and Kop favourite Jamie Carragher has given his thoughts on where the side need to improve in the Premier League.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher suggested that the reason for Liverpool’s slow start to the season is because they are playing differently to how they performed under Brendan Rodgers last season.

“Thinking about matches this season, there’s only Tottenham where they’ve started well and started really fast,” said Carragher.

“Teams look at Liverpool now and they’re petrified to leave too much space early on in games so they back off.”

Liverpool were one of the best in the business last season in terms of the way they would instantly attack and go at teams before they had a chance to settle.

They did it against the likes of Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United among others at home, leaving their opposition with no time to react.

The three games following that performance away at Tottenham have seen Liverpool record two defeats against Aston Villa and West Ham before the draw against Everton last weekend.

The Reds are being challenged by new tactical systems from sides who have found ways to mute the way they were so effective with fast football last season.

The challenge now for Rodgers is how does he react to that and how can he keep Liverpool moving forward, reinventing the way the side plays to find results?

It’s also important to point out that Liverpool are missing their SAS partnership, with Luis Suarez sold to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge currently out of action injured, which was the best frontline in the division last season.

It’s a combination of factors, which explains why Liverpool are only down in 14th and finding an alternative to the blitz tactics which saw off several teams last season is one way the Reds can start to climb the table.

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