Carragher, Redknapp criticise one ‘really poor’ Liverpool star

Date published: Monday 8th November 2021 8:23 - Joe Williams

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher speaks

Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp thought Alisson should’ve done better for all of West Ham’s goals as Liverpool lost 3-2 on Sunday.

Liverpool arrived at the London Stadium knowing that if they avoided defeat they would extend their unbeaten run to 26 matches, beating the club’s all-time record set by Bob Paisley’s team in 1982.

They looked on course to do just that following a wonderful free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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But West Ham have lofty ambitions themselves this season and proved it in the second half when Pablo Fornals, whose corner had been palmed in by Reds keeper Alisson for the opening goal, broke away to score a second.

Kurt Zouma then headed a third and although Divock Origi pulled one back with seven minutes remaining, the Hammers held on for a notable victory.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher thought Alisson should’ve done better for all three of their goals on Sunday evening.

Speaking after the match, Carragher said on Sky Sports: “Oh yeah, he’s got to save it. He should have done better on all three goals, no doubt about that.

“But that’s something Liverpool have done for a while and me being in that position, I can’t quite get my head around it. And you look at their defensive record and it’s absolutely fantastic.

“But I just think that when you’re in those positions I don’t know what you gain from holding the line.

“Yes, [Joel] Matip’s gone towards the ball but even Virgil van Dijk sort of holds the line. The only two things that can happen there: you either catch them offside or they run through at goal and for me that’s not a fair fight.

“In some ways I’m thinking, ‘You know what, I’d rather run back’. What do we gain out of an offside? Nothing, we’ve just got the ball 60 yards from the goal or they’re running through on our goalkeeper.

“Liverpool do that an awful lot and I think when you’re playing against Liverpool it feels like the opposition will run through at the goalkeeper.”

On the build-up to Fornals goal for West Ham, Carragher’s Sky Sports colleague Redknapp added: “I don’t know what Joel Matip is doing here, why he gets attracted to the ball and then just doesn’t run back to his own goal

“You can see Fornals, he’s running behind and Matip gets attracted to the ball. Just drop back, sprint back! But instead he tries to run to the ball.

“It’s a big mistake and the goalkeeper has got to do better as well. Alisson had a really poor day.”


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