Thursday 19 October 2017

'Anytime they come under pressure away, they can't deal with it': Carragher slams Liverpool after epic collapse

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Sky pundit Jamie Carragher was blunt in assessing Liverpool's performance after they squandered a two-goal lead to lose 4-3 away to Bournemouth this afternoon.

The Reds led 2-0 at the break and 3-1 midway through the second half before a late defensive collapse saw them hand the initiative in the title race to Chelsea, who now lead Jurgen Klopp's side by four points.

Speaking after the game, Carragher couldn't believe that Liverpool were so open despite holding a two goal lead in the final 20 minutes.

"I think it's a message to the rest of the league that if you really put Liverpool under pressure, they can't cope," he said.

"If you find yourself in this position getting counter-attacked late in a game when you are winning a game 3-1, it's madness.

"Any time they come under pressure in an away game they can't deal with it."

The performance of goalkeeper Loris Karius came under particular scrutiny. The German was bought as a replacement for Simon Mignolet over the summer but has struggled to convince so far this season. His error handed Bournemouth the winning goal and Carragher vented his frustrations about Liverpool's shot-stopper after the game.

"That's not good enough from the goalkeeper," Carragher said.

"He has yet to convince me in any game that he is up to the required standard.

"It is still early days and we''ll see how he does over the next two or three years, but there needs to be a massive improvement because he hasn't done anything so far that has impressed me.

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