Tuesday 19 March 2019

'Get rid of players' - Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher slam Liverpool after latest defensive calamity at Arsenal

Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan and Simon Mignolet look dejected
Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan and Simon Mignolet look dejected
Jurgen Klopp was frustrated Liverpool only left the Emirates Stadium with a point

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville were scathing in their verdict on Liverpool and Arsenal's defensive performance after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Emirates Stadium.

Sky Sports pundits Carragher and Neville are among the best defenders to have played in the Premier League era, with the duo suggesting Arsenal and Liverpool lack the defensive strength to challenge for major trophies.

"I wouldn't say signing one defender will make it better, but you know when the real questions are asked, both of these teams will fall apart," declared Carragher.

"They need to add some more defensive nous. They've scored three away from home at Arsenal. You can't expect attacking players, no matter what the quality is, even if it's Messi and Ronaldo to score from every chance they get.

"Yes Liverpool have had six or seven chances where you think it's a good chance to score and if you score half of them then it's not a bad ratio.

"They could have put the game out of sight in the first half and should have done when they were 2- 0 up and the big problem again is that they can't hold on to leads and they have no way of slowing the game down.

"We've all been in games like that where you score and they go down the other end and score and there's always a mistake for a goal but at 2-1 what can you do to stop that game being a basketball game?

"You look at Liverpool, whether it's the manager, the players do they have enough experience and do they want to do it?

"There are the dark arts of the game that Jurgen Klopp spoke about a few weeks ago and said he didn't want to get involved in.

"It's maybe someone who goes down with injury and you're not hurt. Slow the game down, slow the atmosphere down.

"They're always involved in games that are end-to-end. It's great for us (as broadcasters), they're great to watch but you'll never get far because we're all in those situations as players you have to find a way in a hostile stadium to kill the crowd but this crowd got lifted at 2-1."

Neville was equally critical, as he urged Klopp to off-load the weak links in his squad and sign a new goal keeper to replace Simon Mignolet.

"Get rid of the players," stated former Manchester United defender Neville. "You look at what Pep Guardiola did last season. He brought Claudio Bravo in for big money. He wasn't good enough and couldn't adapt to the Premier League. He got rid of him.

"Ederson comes in and looks fantastic. The full-backs weren't good enough at City, he got rid of them, spent £130m on three new ones and just dealt with the issue.

"He has got to deal with the issue and Jurgen Klopp is the only one who can do that. It is staring everyone in the face. What I would say is that the toughest part of coaching a football team is making them inventive going forward. Liverpool are fantastic going forward. If he fixes that defence he has got a real chance.

"Simon Mignolet we have talked about, Loris Karius we have talked about. And then you talk about the left-backs, you play James Milner there, you play Andrew Robertson there, you play Alberto Moreno there. Can you trust them in the biggest games?

"The reason why we are talking like this is because we are talking about Liverpool winning the Premier League and the Champions League. That's the measure of the club historically.

"It's sad and you don't like saying that because they are probably good pros and they'll have great careers. They are good lads but they shouldn't be playing here at this level at a club that is trying to win the league.

"Jurgen Klopp did an interview beforehand where he told us that his defence was getting better. I think they will always make you feel like that when they are playing, with respect, Bournemouth or Newcastle or Burnley. They will always make you feel like they can keep a clean sheet in those games.

"But in the really big moments when a goal goes in against a good team like Sevilla or Arsenal away, they will let you down."

Online Editors

The Left Wing: Why Irish fans shouldn't lose faith and how Joe Schmidt can turn things around for the World Cup

In association with Aldi

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport