Liverpool may have won their Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, but former Manchester United defender Gary Nevile was not too pleased with their defending.
Brendan Rodgers’s side conceded two goals against QPR at Loftus Road but eventually won the contest 3-2.
Neville, a former England international, had a problem particularly with the way Liverpool conceded the first goal.
Analysing that goal, Neville told Sky Sports: ‘To me, for a long ball to travel 50-60 yards, into your penalty area with three minutes to go and for a player, (Armand) Traore to be able to to chest it and head it twice without any contact is a scandal. It’s a scandal, it really is’.
Harsh words from Neville, but former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was in agreement with his English compatriot about the Reds’ failure to defend properly from set-pieces.
‘The free-kick they gave away, they gave away on the half-way line’, he told Sky Sports. ‘Dejan Lovren didn’t win the header; the ball came in between Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson. No-one was attacking the ball in the box.
‘That’s normal defending in the Premier League – you’ve got to deal with that 30-40 times in the game and Liverpool were awful at that’.
Liverpool’s defending in the final minutes of the contest against QPR was indeed abysmal, but they did eventually get the three points.