Thursday 22 August 2019

'It was like watching children play' - Jamie Carragher issues a withering verdict on Liverpool's 'shambles' in Seville

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson look dejected at the end of the match
Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson look dejected at the end of the match
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jamie Carragher has ripped into the Liverpool players after their second half collapse against Sevilla saw them surrender a 3-0 lead to leave Spain with a Champions League draw on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp's men appeared to be on course for a comfortable after first half goals from Roberto Firmino (2) and Sadio Mane, but a dramatic turnaround in the game saw the home side storm back and secure a last gasp equaliser in a 3-3 draw.

Klopp questioned the attitude of his players after the game, yet former Liverpool defender Carragher was even more scathing as he gave his views as a pundit on Norweigian TV.

"It was a shambles. I'd like to swear when I see that second half,” declared a clearly fuming Carragher."

"At Sevilla, you have to quieten the crowd. Liverpool did that by scoring goals in the first half. In the second, Sevilla came flying out. The defence gave stupid free kicks away that lifted the crowd, lifted the players, get the referee giving yellow cards. Two of the goals come from set pieces.

"The big question going into this game is whether Liverpool's defence cope with the atmosphere and the players of Seville. I felt before the game the answer would be no, but I didn't believe it would be as bad as this. It was like watching children play in the second half."

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Carragher then give a damning verdict on Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, as he questioned the defender's decision making.

"He's had a lot of credit this season because he's performed a lot better than what he has done," added Carragher.

He has got a lot better, but he still has those moments when he makes rash decisions. I don't think that will ever go out of his game.

"It was a good decision by Klopp to bring James Milner on – because at that stage I thought Liverpool were going to lose the game. It goes back to the Moreno that we've seen for the last three or four years.

"He has done well this season, but that was going back to the Moreno we have seen for the last three or four years."

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