Liverpool were ‘hopeless at the back’ blasts Alan Shearer as the former striker insists there are ‘issues in the camp’ at the Merseyside outfit after 5-2 Anfield hammering by Real Madrid
The Reds blew a convincing lead after going 2-0 up inside 15 minutes at Anfield, to capitulate through a catalogue of defensive errors that leave them on the brink of last-16 Champions League exit.
Former England great Shearer though claims it wasn’t just one a one-off defeat for the Reds, believing that the signs of their troubles in defence were evident even during their 2-0 win at Newcastle United at the Premier League last Saturday.
‘Liverpool were hopeless at the back,’ Shearer told BBC Radio 5 Live after the Madrid loss. ‘I was concerned after the Newcastle game because Newcastle created a lot of chances and it is because they are not good at the back.
‘When you allow a defender a free header from a free kick, and your goalkeeper makes a mistake and Joe Gomez doesn’t get close enough to close down Vinicius Jr it all adds up.
Virgil van Dijk stands dejected on a hapless night for Liverpool defenders against Real Madrid
Serious errors including Alisson’s clearance into Vinicius Junior saw them lose 5-2 at Anfield
Poor marking allowed Eder Militao to give Real Madrid the lead with a header after half-time
‘It was a huge setback tonight, not just the defeat but it was the manner of it. You don’t concede the goals they did tonight unless there are issues in the camp like they have at the moment.’
Following goals from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, Real Madrid pulled a goal back through an excellent Vinicius Junior finish.
But the calamities started for Real’s equaliser nine minutes before the break when Alisson kicked a back-pass from Joe Gomez straight at Vinicius that ricocheted into the net.
Madrid took control after half-time when Gomez allowed Eder Militao to escape and head in a near post free-kick delivered by Luka Modric, before Gomez was unfortunate to then see a Karim Benzema shot deflect off him to double Carlo Ancelotti side’s lead.
Benzema completed the astonishing five-goal rout by then taking the ball past a stranded Alisson before having the freedom to place his shot into the top corner despite a sea of Reds defenders on the line.
Shearer was not the only high profile former Premier League star to criticise the Liverpool defence, with Jamie Carragher labelling the Reds’ performance a ‘disgrace’ and insisting he’d ‘take Virgil van Dijk’s place at the moment’ in the Liverpool back line.
Carragher’s former Liverpool team-mate Steve McManaman also reflected on a shocking defeat for the Reds, labelling it a ‘horror show’ and that they were ripped apart.
Alan Shearer believes there are serious issues in the Liverpool squad following the defeat
Shearer believes Liverpool’s troubles were already present in the 2-0 win at Newcastle United