Salah absence highlights Liverpool weakness – Carragher wants offensive signings after Everton draw
Former Liverpooler Jamie Carragher said the Reds' offensive weaknesses without Mohamed Salah are worrying.
The Egyptian international missed Sunday's derby game against Everton, which remained on the bench after recent hip problems, and without him, the elected Premier League champions fought to create chances against their Stanley Park rivals.
Although Anfield's team dominated the game, they could not create clear chances and the last 10 minutes were controlled by their hosts who came closest when Tom Davies hit the post. Manager Jürgen Klopp considered that his team was a little "happy".
The German also pointed to a lack of offensive efficiency on his team, and Carragher says this is a worrying trend if one of the regular three fronts by Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino is missing.
"The top three are as good as everyone else in Europe, but if one of them fails, there's a massive drop," he told Sky Sports.
"When Liverpool lost points at Manchester United, Salah did not play, so Liverpool have to strengthen the top three places. Divock Origi is a legend for Liverpool because he scored big goals in big moments but wasn't quite as good.
"Is Takumi Minamino part of the top three? Not for me. The first three are very robust and don't miss many games, but if Liverpool lost one of them, especially the two big players, for a long time, they could have a real problem next season. "
Carragher's warning is timely, as Chelsea took a big step for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who Liverpool was interested in for a long time.
While Salah, Mane and Firmino have scored 49 goals together this season, the rest of the squad have just that number between them, while they were without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in their ranks on Sunday, their next leading shooter with seven goals in all Competitions.
In terms of Premier League goals, central defender Virgil van Dijk is next on the list behind the top three after having contributed four times this season.
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