Mohamed Salah absence felt as Jamie Carragher makes contentious Liverpool claim

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Liverpool lacked cutting edge without Mohamed Salah during their 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Thursday, while Jamie Carragher said the team haven’t won enough under Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool will have work to do next week in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

Despite the best efforts of Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka – who was sent off early on for bringing down Diogo Jota – the Reds were unable to break the deadlock and the match at Anfield finished 0-0.

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Liverpool will still be confident about progressing, although after fielding a strong side on the night manager Jurgen Klopp may have been hoping for a little more from his players.

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Stalemate adds to Salah contract concern

With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane missing from Thursday’s game due to their Africa Cup of Nations commitments, perhaps it was no surprise to see Liverpool lacking some zest in the final third against Arsenal.

Once Xhaka was sent off, the Gunners reverted to a defensive setup and tried to contain their opponents, who dominated the ball.

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Although Liverpool created chances, they were profligate with them. That’s a vice that has been absent when Salah has been in the side and Samuel Meade believes nights like this should increase the club’s urgency to tie the Egyptian to a new contract.

“The Reds were certainly the better side, as you’d expect being at home and against ten men,” he said. “But any sense of potency was seriously lacking and may increase the need to sort out Salah’s contract, which continues to wind down.”

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Carragher makes silverware claim

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher doesn’t think the Reds have won enough under Klopp.

The German has guided Liverpool to the Champions League and the Premier League during his time at the helm, giving supporters many incredible memories along the way.

But with Manchester City dominant domestically and Liverpool frequently playing weakened sides in the FA Cup and League Cup, they’ve not thrived in those competitions.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s 0-0 draw, Carragher said the club should look to change that.

“One league and a European Cup is fantastic, of course it is, but you think of what Man City have done and certainly in terms of picking up cups – you can’t win the league or the European cup every year,” he said.

“It’s very difficult so to pick up an FA Cup or Carabao Cup I think does make a big difference.”

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Klopp praises academy stars

In his programme notes on Thursday, Klopp paid tribute to some of the young players Liverpool have in their academy.

“Ultimately the young players must be receptive, and how they adapt and integrate is very much down to them,” he said. “If you ask any of our first team they will tell you we are blessed with an exceptional group.”

The comments came after a number of the club’s rising stars were involved in the 4-1 win over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup on Sunday and are at odds with some remarks made by Cristiano Ronaldo about youngsters in the modern game.

“I can remember when I was 18, 19, 20, some older players spoke to me but I put that as ‘Cristiano, you have to improve, they know more than you, they are more experienced than you, they passed through many bad moments’,” said Ronaldo.

“But the other people do not accept that if you criticise them – I don’t say this generation of our players but in general, I have kids, I know.”

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