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Jamie Carragher singles Sakho out for praise but defends criticism of Can

The Liverpool icon was full of praise for one centre-back but defended his criticism of another.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was full of praise for Mamadou Sakho after the Reds' 1-1 draw with Chelsea last night.

An Eden Hazard penalty opened the scoring for the visitors at Anfield, before Raheem Sterling equalised in the second half, leaving the Capital One Cup semi-final perfectly poised heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

And Carragher has praised centre-back Sakho for his contribution - as well as his form since returning to the Liverpool side.

According to data from WhoScored.com, Sakho enjoyed a fine night for Liverpool statistically, winning five aerial duels, two interceptions and making five clearances, as well as achieving a 91.2 per cent passing accuracy - although the Frenchman won no tackles.

Another Liverpool centre-back on the night, however, was the subject of criticism from Carragher for his display against Chelsea.

And the Reds icon defended that criticism after the game. The man in question, of course, is 21-year-old Emre Can.

Interestingly, Can made six tackles according to the stats, while he enjoyed a better second half - especially on the ball. It was the German who committed the foul for Chelsea's penalty, though, and that kind of error needs to be cut out with experience.

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