Jamie Carragher reacts to Liverpool’s 4-3 loss at Bournemouth
The Reds legend is critical of Liverpool's poor defending under pressure after Sunday's 4-3 loss at Bournemouth
Jamie Carragher criticised Liverpool’s defending on Sunday afternoon after Bournemouth came from behind to seal a famous 4-3 win at the Vitality Stadium thanks to Nathan Ake’s added-time winner.
Divock Origi was handed a rare spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI as the Belgian striker continued to deputise in the absence of Philippe Coutinho but he was guilty of missing a simple chance to make the breakthrough in the opening 15 minutes.
However, Origi’s blushes were spared just five minutes later after Sadio Mane raced onto Emre Can’s lofted pass and the Senegal forward managed to poke a finish past Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Liverpool’s Belgian centre-forward extended the Merseyside outfit’s lead with a significantly harder chance after Origi managed to steer the ball into the net from an acute angle outside the Bournemouth area.
The hosts managed to halve the deficit in the 56th minute after James Milner brought down Ryan Fraser inside Loris Karius’ area and Callum Wilson converted from the penalty spot.
But Germany international Emre Can appeared to end Bournemouth’s resistance when he restored Liverpool’s two-goal cushion with a well-taken strike.
However, Bournemouth were remarkably level a mere 15 minutes later thanks to goals from Ryan Fraser and Steve Cook before on-loan Chelsea defender Ake scored an incredible winner in added time to seal a memorable three points.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 4-3 defeat, Carragher said:
“At 2-0 Liverpool were in control. They appeared to step it up with ease to make it 3-1. It was a great goal and you think that’s the end of it.
“Too often now over the past two or three years, as soon as Liverpool get put under any pressure away from home, they fall apart.
“Liverpool conceded three goals or more in a game seven times last season. When we say Liverpool are poor defensively every week, it’s just certain games where they can’t cope when they come under a bit of pressure.”
Liverpool remain in third place and a point behind second-placed Arsenal after their 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth.
The Reds are four points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 14 games.