Jamie Carragher: Liverpool not good enough defensively to be champions

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says the Reds have thrown away the Premier League title after a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace

Liverpool aren’t good enough defensively to be Premier League champions, according to Jamie Carragher.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers conceded the title race is over despite his side moving to the top of the table after throwing away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace on Monday.

The back four and defensive side of this team have shown they can’t cope with pressure. They’re not leaders

Jamie Carragher

Manchester City move two points clear of Liverpool if the Citizens beat Aston Villa at The Etihad on Wednesday night ahead of the final day of the Premier League season.

And former Reds centre-half Carragher hit out at Liverpool’s defence after conceding 50 goals in 37 top-flight games.

“Defensively they’re not up to being Premier League champions. That was not acceptable,” Carragher told Sky Sports News.

“Mamadou Sakho makes you nervous. [Him and Martin Skrtel] always concede together. It’s not good enough. That final 20 minutes was unacceptable. They concede too many goals.

“The back four and defensive side of this team have shown they can’t cope with pressure. They’re not leaders. Well tonight they haven’t and they have thrown away the Premier League title.”

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