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Carragher issues bruising warning to Liverpool ahead of Aston Villa

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool must recover from ‘one of their worst’ performances under Jurgen Klopp against Aston Villa this weekend.

Villa travel to Anfield this Saturday to face a Liverpool side baying for revenge after their 7-2 trouncing in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

The hosts will also be desperate to recover from their midweek defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final clash.

Liverpool were comfortably seen off by the La Liga side with a number of players well below par as the Spaniards gained control of the tie with a 3-1 victory.

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Carragher gave a bruising verdict on his former side’s performance at full-time, labelling the opening 45 minutes as among the worst during Klopp’s six-year reign.

“That first-half performance I think is one of the worst I have seen under Jurgen Klopp in six years,” Carragher told CBS Sports.

“There was nothing there going forward. No intensity. Given chances up. Lucky it was only 2-0.

“What I saw in the second half is what I thought I would see for 90 minutes where it was almost a 50-50 game. Real Madrid were still good in the second half. But Liverpool made a game of it.

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“The first half was not acceptable. It was nowhere near good enough. They were miles off it. We talk about the team and the midfield that he picked.

“Naby Keita went into midfield to put pressure on (Toni) Kroos and (Luka) Modric and he was nowhere near them, and ends up getting brought off just before half-time.“

Klopp admitted afterwards his side need to refocus ahead of facing Villa, who returned to winning ways against Fulham last time out and trail ninth-placed Liverpool by two places and five points as things stand, with a game in hand.

He said: “Now we have to recover first and then concentrate on Aston Villa, which is for us a very important game, not only because of the results we had recently or in this season against them.“



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