Jurgen Klopp has questioned Jamie Carragher following the Sky Sports pundit’s comments on Liverpool’s lack of options at centre-back.
The Reds are facing something of a selection dilemma in the position after Virgil van Dijk’s ACL injury in the Merseyside Derby on Saturday.
The Dutchman could be ruled out for the rest of the season as a result, and Liverpool are now left with only Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as the natural centre-backs at the club, although Fabinho can also play in the position.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher stated his belief that Liverpool must sign another defender in the January transfer window, and hinted they should have done so during the summer.
“Dejan Lovren went and they didn’t replace him so they only have three centre-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured,” Carragher said.
“There are question marks now about Joe Gomez. So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to go big in the transfer market.”
Speaking ahead of his side’s Champions League match against Ajax on Wednesday, however, Klopp appeared to take umbrage with Carragher’s words.
“We went into the season with three centre-backs plus Fabinho as cover and some youngsters,” Klopp said.
“It’s hard to have four world-class centre-halves. If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake, I think Carragher mentioned already.
“There are a few reasons why they don’t do this job…”
Klopp appeared in a combative mood during the press conference, and regularly questioned why reporters were not asking him more questions about the game against Ajax as opposed to on Van Dijk’s injury.
“I will not start reading about us now because we’re not in the best moment,” he added.
“I am old enough to know how the world is. A lot of people speak before they think and we try to think before we do.
“We’re here without Van Dijk & Matip, we’ll still give it a try!”