Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp was wrong to tag Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez ‘Anfield legends’.
Suarez opened the scoring in Barca’s 3-0 win over his former side Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash before Messi’s brace wrapped up the tie.
The Reds couldn’t get the much-needed away goal despite going close on multiple occasions with Salah’s effort hitting the post.
Before the encounter, Klopp gave his verdict on Suarez and Coutinho, with both having swapped Anfield for Barca in the past few years.
“For these two boys it is very special,” Klopp said, speaking to Viasport Football and cited on Football365.
“For us, it is very special. They are both Liverpool legends. It’s brilliant. But I don’t think it’s going to be a friendly match! They have to fight and work and we will do as well.”
However, Carragher has hit out at Klopp for those comments, suggesting that the duo are far from the legendary status.
.@Carra23: – I don't think it will be the hero homecoming Suárez will be hoping for.
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“They will not get an especially hostile reception but Klopp made a rare error when he stated they are two ‘Anfield legends’,” Carragher said, speaking ahead of the first leg.
“They are not. Liverpool have too many players with titles and European Cup medals in their legends suite to allow entry for those who did not replicate those achievements.
“Where they stand in Liverpool history is because they left without dedicating their peak years to the trophy pursuit.”