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Jamie Carragher has taken aim at Liverpool for their shambolic second-half performance in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla.
The Reds relinquished a 3-0 lead as the Spanish hosts fought back to score a stoppage-time equaliser and earn a remarkable draw.
Jurgen Klopp’s men boasted a dominant first-half display in which a front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah inspired a commanding lead heading into the break.
Liverpool emerged after the interval as a shade of themselves, giving away needless fouls and carelessly adopting a back-foot approach.
.@Carra23: – Thankfully I’m not allowed to swear also, because I’d like to swear when I see that second half.
— Viasport Fotball (@ViasportFotball) November 21, 2017
“Well it was a shambles, and thankfully I’m not allowed to swear also, because I’d like to swear when I see that second half!” Carragher told Viasport Football.
“And I felt before the game the answer would be ‘no’, but I didn’t think it would be as bad as this, especially in the second half.”
“I didn’t see Liverpool keeping a clean sheet, but to be 3-0 up and to seeing how Liverpool gave the goals away, and the actual game intelligence, it was like watching children play.”
With Spartak Moscow and NK Maribor having drawn 1-1 earlier in the day, a win would have seen Liverpool book their place in the next round.
The intensity and work ethic that had seen the Reds dominate their opponents in the opening 45 minutes drastically faded as Sevilla began to apply their first period of sustained pressure early in the second-half.
Liverpool’s toothless response shared worrying similarities with the disjointed performance that allowed Sevilla to come from behind to win the Europa League final in 2016.
A lack of leadership was again exposed as the Reds’ defence crumbled and their front three failed to spearhead the high press.
Carragher’s latest analysis feels all too familiar for a Liverpool team that continues to make the same mistakes.