Jamie Carragher was joined by Sean Dyche on Monday Night Football, and despite the former's best intentions, he couldn't get away without addressing Liverpool's collapse against Bournemouth.
Thinking how MNF could work without touching on Liverpool 🤔
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 5, 2016
But despite his best intentions, he couldn't swerve it.
Post-game on Sky on Sunday, Carragher was extremely critical of Karius, saying that he had yet to do a single thing to impress him.
Afforded the time to think and watch the game back, Carragher explained in more depth the issues with Karius and Liverpool in general. He says that Liverpool don't have a defensive problem: their problem is one of mentality; that everybody panics and therefore make wrong decisions when pressure is put on them.
Panic seems to set in. Liverpool seem to go through this a lot. The goalkeeper there has got to do an awful lot more but it comes from players not making the right decision.
People keep talking about Liverpool's defensive problems. The back four - maybe Lucas as your third choice centre back - is probably not enough if you want to go and win the title.
I don't think Liverpool have got a poor defence or are poor defensively.
We were critical of Karius after the game. If you've got a poor defence your keeper is getting worked.
Prior to the Bournemouth game, Liverpool had allowed fewer shots on their own goal than anyone else in the Premier League, and Carragher then pulled up the very interesting stats on Karius' saves this season.
Loris Karius' PL save percentage is 65.5%. Ranks 10th amongst keepers who've played 9+ PL games this season. Here's his game by game record pic.twitter.com/yp07yS4S5I
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) December 5, 2016
Carragher said that:
There'll be games where people make mistakes, as we've just highlighted, and there were two games where he was asked questions, one was Swansea, the other was Bournemouth. He got lucky agaisnt Swansea, but he didn't get the luck yesterday.
He's not writing him off, mind:
— Sky Sports Retro (@SkySportsRetro) December 5, 2016