Jamie Carragher critical of Liverpool’s defence after Leicester defeat
Jamie Carragher was critical of Liverpool’s defence after Jurgen Klopp’s side lost 3-1 to Leicester on Monday Night Football.
The Sky Sports pundit felt Liverpool once again failed to learn from mistakes made earlier this season, when the likes of Burnley’s Andre Gray and Hull City’s Oumar Niasse caused problems on the break.
Jamie Vardy, who had not scored a Premier League goal since December 10, struck twice for the Foxes, with Danny Drinkwater also on the scoresheet.
Left-back James Milner and centre-back Lucas Leiva were left exposed by Vardy’s pace at the King Power, but Carragher said blame for the performance falls on Klopp for playing them out of position.
“Liverpool were shocking tonight, I was at the games at Hull and Burnley and they were the exact same games,” Carragher said. “They’re on course to concede 50 goals again this season and Klopp hasn’t rectified that.
“There’s no way you are going to win anything conceding that amount of goals, it’s just impossible to do that.
“My other problem is Liverpool always play the same way, and I said it again before the match. What’s wrong with Liverpool going to a side like Leicester and saying, ‘Let Wes Morgan and Robert Huth have the ball, we know Vardy wants to spin in behind. We can hit you on the break with Sadio Mane’.
“It’s always the same thing that happens for Liverpool – it was Gray and Niasse before and Vardy tonight – I just don’t know why it hasn’t changed.
“There’s no difference in tactics, there’s not a different plan for certain games. I think Klopp has far too much faith in certain players. He has to make changes in the summer.
“I’m not saying what happened tonight is a good thing for Liverpool but it reinforces the changes that will need to be made.
“Sometimes when it is going well for Liverpool you kid yourself about certain things. I love James Milner but he’s not a left-back.
“Lucas Leiva I’m sure will be getting plenty of stick. I felt so sorry for him as he shouldn’t be playing at centre-back, it would have been like playing me at right wing.
“There’s no way he can catch Vardy in a sprint if the team is pushed up to the halfway line. He was put in a position that completely exposed him.
“There should be no blame attached to him, the blame for that should be to Jurgen Klopp for putting him in that position.
“I still expect Liverpool to beat Arsenal next week. But you play these games more than you play the top four or top five and this is a massive problem for Liverpool.
“They continue to play into the hands of players like Gray, Niasse and Vardy. They leave themselves exposed to pace in the channels.”
Fellow Monday Night Football analyst Gary Neville questioned Liverpool’s work-rate in the first half at the King Power, saying: “I expect massive energy from Liverpool because that’s what they are.
“The performances we have seen in recent years have revolved around passing combination and energy. Where was the energy tonight? After a two-week break as well. What were they doing in La Manga?
“I expect the goals to be conceded and the defenders to get caught with balls in the box, but Leicester actually ran more than Liverpool in the first half.”
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