Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher question Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers' tactics

Brendan Rodgers
Image: Brendan Rodgers' tactics were called into question by Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher

Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher questioned Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ tactics as his side lost 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Rodgers' starting line-up against United saw Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino played out in wide positions and the former Liverpool players believe playing some of the current crop out of position is not helping performances.

Souness thinks Rodgers is handing his players an excuse by not playing them in their usual positions.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was disappointed with his side's 3-1 defeat to arch rivals Manchester United.

"The first thing you have to do with players is make them feel comfortable in positions they're playing in," Souness told Sky Sports.

"Firmino doesn't want to be out there. On the other side Ings doesn't want to be there. Right away they've got an excuse: 'This is not my position, I'm not used to it'.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool is challenged by Memphis Depay
Image: Roberto Firmino is challenged by Memphis Depay

"Ings spent most of that half running towards his own goal. He would class himself as a striker, he doesn't want to be doing that. What Firmino is I'm not quite sure, we might see that as the season pans out.

He added: "You've got square pegs in round holes and it just doesn't work. You have to make people feel they are playing in positions they are happy to play in and Liverpool haven't got that right now.

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You have to make people feel they are playing in positions they are happy to play in and Liverpool haven't got that right now.
Graeme Souness

"They need goals. You won't always play well, but if you've got goalscorers it camouflages a multitude of sins and Liverpool have got to come up with a system.

"I think they have to sit the players down. They all know what their favourite positions are and he must know he's asking players to play out of position and I don't think some of them are very comfortable with that.

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"You're handing them a big excuse."

Carragher believes Christian Benteke, who scored a brilliant overhead kick at Old Trafford, is not getting enough help in attack in the system Liverpool are playing at the moment.

 Emre Can and Christian Benteke
Image: Jamie Carragher doesn't think Christian Benteke is getting enough support from his Liverpool team-mates

The former Liverpool defender called for Rodgers to go back to playing two strikers up front rather than sticking with the current 4-3-3 formation.

He told Sky Sports: "There's not enough help for Benteke,

Liverpool's Christian Benteke scored a possible goal of the season with this incredible effort at Old Trafford

"Ings came in and I said before the game it must be two up front and they must be playing a diamond formation, but they were still playing 4-3-3.

"I don't understand what the point was in playing Danny Ings in that wide position. He didn't give the support to Benteke.

Danny Ings
Image: Danny Ings featured out side in Liverpool's defeat at Old Trafford.

"You think about how many strikers Liverpool have on the books and they have no wide players. They've only got Jordon Ibe. Firmino is not a wide player and Coutinho played there last week and he's not a wide player.

"I don't understand this obsession with playing 4-3-3. Brendan Rodgers came to the club wanting to play 4-3-3 and it didn't work.

"The great season they had was with two strikers and how they got them into the team is down to the manager. They've got a lot of strikers, no wide players, and he continues to play 4-3-3."

Anthony Martial came off the bench to score on his Manchester United debut in a 3-1 win over Liverpool as they went second

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