22 November 2017
Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, hammered his former team, especially the defence, after their Champions League collapse against Sevilla on Tuesday night, claiming ‘it was like watching children play.’
Jurgen Klopp’s side were 3 – 0 up at half time in the Sanchez Pizjuan and had progression to the knockout stages firmly in their grasp, but a second-half fightback allowed the Spanish side to claim a share of the points and leave Liverpool with a bit of work to do in their final group match to progress to the last 16.
Speaking to Viasport after the game, Carragher just seemed relieved that he couldn’t swear on TV after watching that capitulation:
“Well, it was a shambles, and thankfully I’m not allowed to swear also, because I’d like to swear when I see that second half!
“The big question going into this game [was] could Liverpool’s defence cope with the atmosphere and the players of Sevilla – we know they have a great record. And I felt before the game the answer would be ‘no’, but I didn’t think it would be as bad as this, especially in the second half.
“I didn’t see Liverpool keeping a clean sheet, but to be 3 – 0 up and to see how Liverpool gave the goals away, and the actual game intelligence, it was like watching children play.
“At Sevilla, you have to quieten the crowd. Liverpool did that by scoring goals in the first half.
“In the second half Sevilla came flying out, [Liverpool were] giving stupid free-kicks away that lift the crowd, lift the players, get the referee giving yellow cards.
“And that’s what Liverpool continually did. Two of the goals came from set-pieces.”
Despite Liverpool falling to a late draw in Seville, Spartak Moscow’s failure to beat Maribor in the group’s other game means that the Reds will still qualify for the knockout stage as group winners if they beat the Russian side at Anfield next month.