Jamie Carragher reveals the factors which have turned around Liverpool’s season…
Former Reds star Jamie Carragher has lavished praise on manager Brendan Rodgers, whose 3-4-3 formation has revolutionised our Premier League season.
Liverpool were desperately struggling with both their domestic and European form until the boss bravely decided to make sweeping changes to his team, including the introduction of a new-look back three.
It’s a formation that has both prompted the emergence of Emre Can as one of the most exciting young players on the planet, and allowed Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho to rediscover their best form.
In addition, the formation has helped Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League since mid-December, a run of 12 games which has seen us take 30 points out of a possible 36.
The Reds have closed to within two points of fourth place Manchester United – ahead of this weekend’s fixtures – and will travel to Swansea City on Monday evening, full of confidence about securing another year of Champions League football.
Speaking about his old side’s impressive momentum, Carragher told Liverpool’s official website: “Credit to the manager. He changed it and came up with the system and the players within the system are playing really well.
“[Simon] Mignolet has had plenty of clean sheets, but he’s not being asked to do too much and that’s the way it should be. You want to call upon your ‘keeper maybe two or three times a game.
“As I saw here in the Blackburn game, he wasn’t called upon too much but then he made a great save from a set-piece at the Kop end and kept Liverpool in the cup.
“That’s what you want from your ‘keeper – you don’t want him involved too much – and that’s credit to the backline. Martin Skrtel has been fantastic in the middle of the back three as the leader.
“He’s been there the longest now and is the most experienced player at the club behind Steven Gerrard and Lucas [Leiva]. He’s in great form. He wanted to stay on against Blackburn and that’s what you want to see.
“Credit to all of those players – [Mamadou] Sakho and [Dejan] Lovren coming in. They all deserve great credit.”