Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has warned that Joe Gomez, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson could lose their places in the Reds starting XI.
Liverpool were excellent in their 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
And Joel Matip, who Carragher believes should be a mainstay in central defence for his former side, was particularly brilliant.
As a result of the Cameroonian’s fine performances at the back, Carragher thinks that Gomez’s place int he team is under threat.
“I think this fella [Matip], because you’re alongside Virgil van Dijk, he doesn’t get talked about a lot. That’s normal, the other fella next to him is a superstar,” he said.
“But I couldn’t believe he didn’t start the season. And his performances at the back end of last season were outstanding. And actually when he’s come in I think he’s actually made a difference to Liverpool.
“Obviously Joe Gomez can play right-back or centre-back, but for me at this moment it looks a bit more solid with Matip in there. He should be [first choice]. I think he is right now.
“Liverpool’s back four and goalkeeper picks itself and there’s just one position – who is going to play alongside Virgil van Dijk.
“And you need that within a squad. I always feel in a team there should be seven or eight absolute starters who know they are playing as soon as they are fit and everyone knows they are playing, and there should always be three or four positions up for grabs.”
Carragher went on to explain that it wasn’t just Gomez who risked being dumped out of the starting XI.
Henderson and Wijnaldum, who have been two of Liverpool’s most consistent players, could also be replaced by some of Klopp’s fringe players.
“In this Liverpool team there are three or four positions up for grabs – the centre-back position and probably the centre-midfield positions either side of Fabinho,” he added.
“I wouldn’t say they are up for grabs, the players who have got the shirt now [Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum] are first choice now but you could easily see Oxlade-Chamberlain going in there, Naby Keita when he’s fit, James Milner.
“The front three picks itself but you should always have three or four within a team who are up for grabs. Centre-back is one of them, at this moment it’s Joel Matip and I don’t see that changing.”
Liverpool are the only side remaining in the Premier League who have won all of their games this season.
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