Liverpool morning news, Carragher says defensive duo haven't shown true form

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that the side's defenders haven't show their true form this season, and has said the Reds must persist with their most expensive centre-back Dejan Lovren.

Lovren has struggled for form since his £20 million arrival from Southampton in the summer, whilst a signing from the previous summer in Mamadou Sakho has yet to show what he's capable of according to the Reds' legend.

Liverpool brought in Lovren this summer to bring leadership at the back, and to try and tighten things up, but the side has only managed to keep two clean sheets in all competitions this season.

Carragher told the Liverpool Echo: "I still think both signings (Sakho and Lovren) probably haven’t shown their true form and whatever we think of them at this time, they are better players than they have shown.

“But if Liverpool are still conceding goals then you have to look at Sakho."

Specifically on Lovren, Carragher said: “He is proven in the Premier League last season and showed he is a very good centre-back, he showed that a lot, but it is difficult for him at the moment – it is difficult for them all – but they will come through it.”

Sakho and Lovren have only played together on three occasions this season, with Martin Skrtel preferred ahead of the Frenchman.

There were a few Reds in international action last night as Divock Origi - currently on loan at Lille - scored for Belgium in their 3-1 win over Iceland, whilst Philippee Coutinho was a substitute in Brazil's 4-0 win over Turkey.

The Liverpool under-18s side let a two-goal lead slip to Wolves at Molineux as they were held to a 2-2 draw. Sam Hart and Ryan Kent were on the scoresheet for the young Reds.

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