Carragher: What was the point in Ings?

Date published: Sunday 13th September 2015 10:35

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is baffled by Brendan Rodgers’ insistence on playing 4-3-3 with no wide players.

Rodgers’ starting line-up against Manchester United featured Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings flanking Christian Benteke; neither player created a single chance in the 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

“There’s not enough help for Benteke,” said Carragher on Sky Sports. “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.

“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.”

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