Pundits Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp have criticised two Liverpool players in the wake of their 3-2 defeat to West Ham.
The Reds had the chance to go within a point of league leaders Chelsea but blew it at the London Stadium. They looked weak at the back as Kurt Zouma and Pablo Fornals got on the scoresheet for David Moyes’ side.
The Irons also benefitted from an Alisson own goal when he failed to clear a corner. Liverpool scored through Trent Alexander-Arnold, who netted a brilliant free-kick, and Divock Origi, who sent a half-volley into the bottom corner late on.
But they could not find an equaliser to preserve their unbeaten record in the league. The Reds’ performance was up there as one of their worst of the season so far.
When analysing the match on Sky Sports, Carragher and Redknapp picked out where two Liverpool stars could have done better.
Fornals’ goal was the moment in question. He was played in by a slick Jarrod Bowen through ball, which completely cut out Joel Matip, before sending a left-footed shot past Alisson.
Carragher said (via Metro): “[Alisson’s] got to save it. He should have done better on all three goals, no doubt about that.
“But that’s something Liverpool have done for a while and me being in that position, I can’t quite get my head around it. And you look at their defensive record and it’s absolutely fantastic.
“But I just think that when you’re in those positions I don’t know what you gain from holding the line.
“Yes, Matip’s gone towards the ball but even Virgil van Dijk sort of holds the line. The only two things that can happen there: you either catch them offside or they run through at goal and for me that’s not a fair fight.
“In some ways I’m thinking, ‘you know what, I’d rather run back’. What do we gain out of an offside? Nothing, we’ve just got the ball 60 yards from the goal or they’re running through on our goalkeeper.
“Liverpool do that an awful lot and I think when you’re playing against Liverpool it feels like the opposition will run through at the goalkeeper.”
Redknapp added: “I don’t know what Joel Matip is doing here, why he gets attracted to the ball and then just doesn’t run back to his own goal.
“You can see Fornals, he’s running behind and Matip gets attracted to the ball. Just drop back, sprint back! But instead he tries to run to the ball.
“It’s a big mistake and the goalkeeper has got to do better as well. Alisson had a really poor day.”
van Dijk admits Liverpool were ‘too rash’
Meanwhile, van Dijk said after the loss: “[It’s] a proper knock but we have to pick ourselves up. An intense game. First half there was nothing wrong, they defended well and we scored a deserved equaliser.
“Second half we were a bit too rash. We wanted the 2-1 a bit too much. They gambled on the counter attacks and it leaves an open game.
“Sometimes you have to be more composed and patient and keep the ball a little bit longer.
“The first goal counts. I saw the whole time, Alisson was being man marked. With the rules no-one knows what is allowed. It could have been a foul.”