Jamie Carragher raises questions about Liverpool defender: He got it wrong

The former Liverpool defender wasn't impressed with Dejan Lovren's performance against Crystal Palace

Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren and Emre Can Photo: Dejan Lovren/Instagram

Jamie Carragher has criticised Dejan Lovren’s involvement in both of Christian Benteke’s goal in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win at Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The Belgium international came back to haunt his former employers with goals either side of half-time in the Premier League clash at Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick in the first half before Benteke levelled with a close-range finish from a Palace cross.

The Palace striker edged the visitors into a slender lead with a header after the break to deliver a hammer blow to Liverpool’s fragile top-four chances.

Lovren struggled to contain with his former team-mate on both occasions as Benteke punished Jurgen Klopp for selling the striker to Palace last summer.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher wasn’t impressed with Lovren’s defending in the Premier League clash despite the Croatian being one of the home side’s more-experienced players.

“We’re looking at the same problems that we’ve spoken about all season – at centre-back and at set pieces,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“Lovren’s involvement in both goals – both times, he tries to knick the ball [and misses]. Jurgen Klopp spoke last week of playing ‘adult football’, well he’s one of the most experienced players in the squad. [He should] read the situation and know whether to dive in, and he got it wrong on both occasions.”

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Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and a mere four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.

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