Jamie Carragher was left baffled by Liverpool’s decision to play a short corner in the dying seconds of their 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Monday night, as per his comments live on Sky Sports.
The Reds succumbed to only their second league defeat of the season at St Mary’s. Danny Ings’ opener inside two minutes was enough to overcome Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool have won just two of their nine league away matches this season, claiming just 11 points from a possible 27.
The result leaves the Reds top of the Premier League table with 33 points from 17 matches. Meanwhile, Manchester United are level on points with the Reds having played a game less.
And if that wasn’t alarming enough to sharpen the senses, United are the next visitors to Anfield as well.
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Carragher on Liverpool
Carragher was left particularly exasperated with Liverpool’s decision to play a short corner in the dying seconds having done so also in the 1-1 draw with West Brom last month.
“I expected a reaction from Liverpool on the back of two really poor performances. I think we’ve just had another one (bad performance),” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Did anyone have a big chance where you think he has to score? That’s a really big worry for Liverpool at this moment in terms of what they’re creating away from home, it’s nowhere near enough.
“You’d expect that in the last seven or eight minutes, for Southampton to be hanging on. What summed it up was Liverpool’s corner – can you believe what Liverpool did there?
“They did the same against West Brom. The injury time has gone, you’ve got one last corner, it has to go in the box. You’ve basically got to score in 10 seconds. They played it short, it’s unbelievable.
What RTK has to say
Klopp set Liverpool up with an unusual gameplan against Southampton. It’s one that had real problems, particularly in the first half.
Few predicted Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to combine together in central defence, after all.
In truth, it didn’t work. Liverpool were undone inside two minutes and failed to conjure a response.
All things considered, the Reds were woeful in the first half. They got better in the second but another slow start proved to be their undoing.
The gameplan just didn’t work. There were two midfielders at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, and they failed to cope with Southampton’s counter press.
Klopp’s midfield trio of Thiago, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t help matters, either.
They sat back too often and were uninspiring in possession. As a result, this hurt Fabinho and Henderson who were continuously exposed.
Southampton could pick passes in behind far too easily and the Reds failed to react and soak up the pressure.
Having two midfielders in defence should have enabled Liverpool to press from the front much higher. In truth, it did the opposite.
Ultimately, Liverpool’s caution cost them, then. By the time they’d corrected things, Southampton were in full defensive mode and only needed to do it for 45 minutes.
Once again, a slow start out of the traps has dearly cost Klopp and his players.