Jamie Carragher: Adam Lallana should have started for Liverpool v FC Basel

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher says that he was surprised by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’s team selection against FC Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should have included Adam Lallana in the starting line-up against FC Basel on Tuesday.

England international attacking midfielder Lallana started the Champions League Group B clash on the substitutes’ bench, much to the surprise of many observers.

The £25 million summer signing from Southampton played no part in the match, which finished in a 1-1 draw and ended Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher claims that Rodgers made a mistake in his team selection and told Sky Sports: “I would have gone for Lallana. That surprised me.”

Lallana has been one of the very few Liverpool players who have been in decent form, and him not playing a single minute against Basel is indeed bemusing.

The Englishman has been creative and mobile, and his introduction even as a second-half substitute could have given Basel more to think about.

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