Carragher pinpoints Liverpool’s biggest problem after CL loss

Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool are still lacking “real creativity” in midfield after they lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie 1-0 to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

Saul Niguez scored the only goal of a dour last-16 contest at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Tuesday, leaving the Premier League leaders needing a turnaround in the second leg in three weeks’ time.

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And Carragher thinks there is still the need for more creativity in the middle of the park despite Liverpool dominating the Premier League this season.

Carragher told Viasport: “Well it was a really frustrating night for Liverpool. We knew how Atletico would play, Jurgen Klopp knew.

“But the big thing you don’t want to do in games like this is concede the first goal – and so very early from a set-piece.

“Sometimes it happens, little bit of luck and it rebounds and they go 1-0 up.

Liverpool didn’t get too frustrated but they couldn’t create anything, they don’t have real creativity, certainly in midfield. That’s always been a problem.

“But I think tonight you have to say Atletico defended really well and the important thing for Liverpool was not to lose their discipline, and get a red card or go down to 10 men, and to make sure the game stayed at 1-0 and not 2-0.

“At 1-0 I still think Liverpool have a great opportunity of going through. If it had gone 2-0 I think Liverpool would have been nearly out.

“So at 1-0 Atletico deserved it, they had the better chances, but Liverpool will be a lot better at Anfield.”

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