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Jamie Carragher pinpoints what’s unacceptable at Liverpool irrelevant of excuses

Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool’s nightmare run of recent form at Anfield is “unacceptable” regardless of Virgil van Dijk’s long-term injury.

The Reds have fallen by the wayside in their first ever Premier League title defence, with Everton inflicting their fourth straight defeat on Saturday to leave them 19 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

They have also failed to win in six home matches, losing their last four, while Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against the Toffees was the first time their Merseyside rivals have won at Anfield since 1999.

It is proving a disastrous season for Jurgen Klopp, who now faces a serious battle to even qualify for the Champions League next season.

He has not been helped by a major injury crisis on Merseyside this season, which started when star defender Van Dijk sustained a long-term knee injury back in September that appears likely to keep him out for the remainder of the campaign.

But Carragher says he is fed up of talking about the Dutchman’s absence, instead slamming his former club for not finding a way to win without him.

“I said on the TV I’m sick of talking about Virgil Van Dijk, and what I mean by that is we’ve highlighted that on this show, the bigger picture,” the Liverpool legend said.

“Liverpool can’t win the league, I said that after the last derby game, they can’t win the league with Van Dijk being out for the whole season, I didn’t feel.

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  • “That’s the bigger picture but the problems Liverpool have, whether the defenders are out, the midfielders are at centre-back, that does not mean they can’t win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom.

    “Manchester United, maybe, Manchester City, real top quality, but it’s not an excuse for individual games.

    “No matter what problem you have as a Liverpool player, you can’t not win at home for six games, that’s not acceptable. It’s not.

    “When I think of situations I’ve been in, I’ve played in teams not as good as this one, but you find a way to win.

    “We beat Everton twice with 10-men when it was 0-0, so there’s something now where they’ve got to find a way to win.

    “The reason I said that I don’t want to use Van Dijk as an excuse is that Liverpool started the game against Everton with ten Champions League winners.

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    “That’s why I’m saying it’s not an excuse in individual games, it’s not. The bigger picture about the league and qualifying for the top four I get.

    “But individual games and games that we’re talking about, you’ve got to do something in them.”

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