Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool’s lack of creativity in midfield was exposed against Atletico Madrid last night.

The Reds were defeated 1-0 in the first leg of the last-16 tie due to the first-half goal scored by Saul Niguez.

Atletico Madrid defended superbly for the entire Champions League clash, as they were simply looking to hold onto a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg at Anfield on March 11.

Liverpool went into the game with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum starting in the midfield.

Carragher believes that the midfield three that represented Liverpool last night simply lacked creativity, which is why the Reds struggled to break down the Spanish giants.

Speaking to Viasport after the game, Carragher said, as quoted by Metro: “Well it was a really frustrating night for Liverpool. We knew how Atletico would play, Jurgen Klopp knew.

“But the big thing you don’t want to do in games like this is concede the first goal – and so very early from a set-piece.

“Sometimes it happens, little bit of luck and it rebounds and they go 1-0 up.

“Liverpool didn’t get too frustrated but they couldn’t create anything, they don’t have real creativity, certainly in midfield. That’s always been a problem.

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MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 18: The Liverpool team pose for a team photo prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool FC at Wanda Metropolitano on February 18, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“But I think tonight you have to say Atletico defended really well and the important thing for Liverpool was not to lose their discipline, and get a red card or go down to 10 men, and to make sure the game stayed at 1-0 and not 2-0.

“At 1-0 I still think Liverpool have a great opportunity of going through. If it had gone 2-0 I think Liverpool would have been nearly out. So at 1-0 Atletico deserved it, they had the better chances, but Liverpool will be a lot better at Anfield.”

There is arguably an element of truth to what Carragher is saying. It has not been discussed too often this season as Liverpool have always found a way to win.

Perhaps someone with a bit of spark from midfield will come to the club in the summer.

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