Carragher slams Liverpool’s transfer policy: "Embarrassing, a joke"

Carragher slams Liverpool's transfer policy: "Embarrassing, a joke"

Bayern would like to sign another six by September 1, but that is no comparison to the pressure Liverpool are under. The Reds lost five central midfielders in captain Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but only signed two in Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, although the latter is much more offensively oriented.

But there are no further reinforcements in sight: the Liverpool managers around the new sports director Jörg Schmadtke had reportedly already negotiated a 129 million euro transfer from Moises Caicedo with Brighton, but he gave preference to Chelsea FC. And exactly the same thing is blooming with Romeo Lavia. The 19-year-old is apparently more drawn to London, although Liverpool and Southampton are said to be in agreement.

“You have to ask yourself why the sporting directors are leaving the club”

“It’s an absolute disaster, a joke,” Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher ruthlessly criticized Liverpool’s transfer policy on Monday evening. “The biggest problem is that they have known for 12 months that they need reinforcements in midfield.” The long-time professional of the Reds is puzzled as to why nothing has happened yet.

“Yes, they have a great manager, but they had a guy named Michael Edwards as sporting director at the helm and a transfer committee under him. That worked well. Then he left, and his number two (Julian Ward, editor’s note) has taken over. After six months he also moved on,” analyzed Carragher. “You have to ask yourself why these people are leaving the club. I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.”

Lavia, Caicedo, then Lavia again? “This is a fiasco”

Schmadtke – who Carragher only referred to as “a guy from Germany” – is only there for one summer, he said, even if that hasn’t been decided yet. “So within 18 months Liverpool had four sporting directors whose job it would be to finalize deals.” But apart from Mac Allister and Szoboszlai, who each had an opt-out clause, that didn’t happen. “That is embarrassing.”

It had been rumored in the media that Liverpool first worked on a Lavia deal, then switched to Caicedo and then tried Lavia again. “It’s a fiasco,” says Carragher, who explicitly exempted the club owners from his criticism because they would have been willing to set a new transfer record at Caicedo. Nevertheless, he now sees the makers in a difficult position: “They still have to find someone for midfield. But everyone knows that they are desperate.”


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