Liverpool suffered their worst twenty minutes of the season on Sunday, as they somehow fell to a 4-3 defeat against Bournemouth.
From a position of dominance, leading 3-1 as late as the 76th minute, Jurgen Klopp’s side completely fell apart as a series of defensive horror shows saw them concede three and condemn themselves to a first defeat since August.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher analysed precisely what went wrong for his old club on Sunday, and put the blame squarely down to the defence and admitting that the collapse was not a surprise to him.
“Liverpool have been involved in this a lot. It was no surprise,
“Don’t forget Arsenal earlier this season, Norwich last season, the panic sets in.
“This has been a common theme for the last two to three years. You have to look at the personnel and also the two managers.
“There’s 15 minutes to go but they don’t change or make a defensive substitution. Just alter the way you play.”
Carragher was joined in studio by Sean Dyche, coincidentally the only other manager to beat Klopp’s Liverpool this season with Burnley, and he concurred with Carragher that the Reds allowed the atmosphere to get the better of them, allowing Bournemouth to turn it into a “cup game”:
“Liverpool can control that game. These are top players. They can lower the pace and see it out,
“They allowed it to become like a cup game. The whole atmosphere at Bournemouth is like that. They let it become a crazy game.
“If you stick to the task, teams even of the quality of Liverpool get ruffled and unsettled.”
Klopp and his side will have the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways this weekend when they welcome out-of-form West Ham to Anfield, the visitors still smarting from their Alexis Sánchez-inspired 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Arsenal last week.