Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, a critic on the British soccer program Monday Night Football, blasted his former teammates’ defending in his analysis of Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday, a result which saw the Premier League leader surrender a three-goal lead with just 12 minutes remaining. Carragher, who retired last summer after spending his entire career at Anfield, feels Liverpool has shown vulnerability in defense all season long, and therefore doesn’t deserve to be Premier League champion.
"[Defense] has been their Achilles' heel all season,” Carragher noted. “Even when they've been winning games it's been 4-3 or 6-3 or 3-2. We always felt the defense would come back and haunt them with the goals they've conceded. Tonight's the night, not so much the back four but as a team defensively the goals conceded have come back to haunt them.”
He added: "The strikers normally get them out of jail and you could have argued if it had been 3-2 tonight and they'd hung on then the strikers -- [Daniel] Sturridge and [Luis] Suarez -- would have got them out of jail again. You can't keep conceding goals at this level and expect to win big trophies. It's not acceptable the way they've finished that game in the last 20 minutes. It's a bit of a freak, of course it is, but we've been saying for months now that the defensive side of this team is not up to scratch and is not at the level of Premier League champions."
The 36-year-old also pointed out that Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers has preferred Mamadou Sakho to veteran Daniel Agger at center back for most of the season, but that his first-choice pairing of Sakho with Martin Skrtel has proved to be weak both mentally and physically all season. "That's 17 games Sakho and Skrtel have played together now and one clean sheet,” he said. “They always concede goals whenever they play together.”