Jamie Carragher slammed Liverpool’s back four and Jurgen Klopp’s tactics after the Reds’ humiliating 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa. Dean Smith’s side inflicted the first defeat of the season on Liverpool, who looked a shadow of the side that romped to the Premier League title last term.
Villa were more than deserving of their five-goal victory and in truth they could have won by a more favourable margin, such was Smith’s side superiority over the champions.
Liverpool were continuously undone by the side’s high line, which allowed Villa to play down the channels and into bundles of space behind the Reds’ defence.
While Carragher believes there’s nothing inherently wrong with the ‘high line’, he believes the defenders rested on the tactic as an excuse to fail to track back if a pass breached their backline. ‘I was almost laughing at the end, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. You don’t associate this with this Liverpool team,’ said Carragher. (Metro)