Liverpool still need a replacement for Jamie Carragher, says Roy Evans

The former Reds boss is surprised the club have not yet moved to sign a central defender in this transfer window.

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has told talkSport he believes the club must look to sign a replacement for Jamie Carragher.

While the attacking side of their game has been strong under Brendan Rodgers aside from last season, the Reds have struggled defensively with the excitement of their Premier League title challenge having been tempered by defensive frailty.

They improved that side of their game last term, although signings Mahmadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren have so far failed to consistently impress at Anfield.

And Evans says he would like to see a new recruit come in.

"Maybe they’re happy with what they’ve got but you’d like to see someone go in there," he told talkSport.

"They struggled at set-pieces and struggled defensively throughout last season and they don’t seem to have targeted anybody in a central defensive role."

In particular, Evans believes the Reds have failed to replace the leadership skills of Carragher since he left.

The defender was a key component of their success in the past, with both he and Steven Gerrard the key leaders in the side.

"The biggest person they’ve missed is Jamie Carragher, since he packed up," he added.

"Just the motivation he gave his team-mates and his organisational skills, they’ve found that really difficult to replace. When you have different foreign players in those positions it becomes difficult to get the messages out from there.”

Martin Skrtel may be the answer

The Reds may already have that replacement on the pitch, though, in the shape of Martin Skrtel.

The Slovakian has been a mainstay in the side for several years now and is one of the longer-serving members of the Liverpool side.

Perhaps it is time he stepped up to fill that Carragher role Evans believes is so vital.

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