Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has accused his old side of getting “bullied” this season, and said he was a “very worried” Reds fan, as the current team appeared to lack leaders and need another four or five players to improve.
Speaking after the Anfield outift’s 3-1 away loss to Crystal Palace which left them 18 points behind leaders Chelsea, Carragher said: “This is more than just a poor start – there’s something wrong. Something isn’t right. They are getting bullied out of games. Last year when they came here we said they were mentally and physically weak. Same again – nothing’s changed.”
“You look at the time and there’s no men in the team. Sometimes you’ve grind results out.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted for the first time that he is under pressure and his job could be at threat.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said: “Luis Suarez has gone, so what? There’s no leadership on the pitch. As a Liverpool fan which I am – I don’t care about being neutral on TV – when you’re watching your own team, the worst thing you can ever think is they’re being bullied and weak.”
“That’s what we’ve seen today from Liverpool and it’s not the first time. It’s being going on all season and we’re saying ‘oh, new players getting time to adjust’. I’m not a big believer in that.”
“I’ve never moved clubs and I’m sure a foreign player it takes a bit of time, but we’re getting to the stage now where you want to start seeing performances.”
“Liverpool aren’t getting beat by quality – they’re getting bullied. They’ve been beaten by enthusiasm there by Crystal Palace.”
“You knew it was coming. Palace got the equaliser. As soon as that goal went in Liverpool didn’t offer anything.”
“We had that last season and it cost Liverpool the league. They conceded 50 goals last season and it hasn’t been rectified. I’m very worried as a Liverpool fan.”
“You’re already looking at players and thinking Liverpool need four or five players.”