Alan Shearer is upset with the error made by Liverpool defender Joe Gomez which led to the loss against Leeds United.
In an interview with Match of the Day, Alan Shearer went into Joe Gomez for his “crazy error” that let Leeds United get on the board during Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League loss at Anfield on Saturday.
With less than five minutes remaining, Joe Gomez made the decision to play a blind pass to Alisson Becker, who was sprinting out of his goal as he was heading towards his side’s defensive right wing.
The 25-year-excellent old’s pass across the penalty box to Leeds forward Rodrigo ultimately proved to be a terrible error. And Shearer put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Englishman.
This is despite images showing Alisson raising his hands in the direction of Gomez as the latter turned to face his goalkeeper just before Liverpool was ready to resume the match.
It ultimately turned out to be expensive. This is because Mohamed Salah scored the game-winning goal at the very last second. And Crysencio Summerville was wheeling away in celebration less than ten minutes after the tied game.
Shearer lashes out at Liverpool defence
Shearer noted that this isn’t only a problem for the Reds. it’s a problem all season long.
The legendary striker said:
“Defensively, they have been so far. That means everyone is across the back of it. There is a lack of protection and too many errors.
This is just a crazy error from Gomez. He doesn’t even look. Not once does he even look where his goalkeeper is? Plays a blind pass. You just can’t do that at all. Rodrigo is quick to react, and he gets a simple tap-in. Basic error, and you shouldn’t do that at all.”
After seven years at the club, Jurgen Klopp is suddenly confronted with his most enormous task. And this is no more just a minor incident.
Whatever the problems, the one significant challenge he consistently faces is significant mistakes made by specific players. And Gomez is one of them.
Some may argue that Alisson was more at fault for Leeds’ first goal. But the fact remains that his teammate still needs to accept some of the blame for failing to look up when playing the pass.
In any case, Virgil van Dijk hadn’t lost at home in 70 games. And with Serie A flyers Napoli coming to Anfield next for the Champions League, then like two London buses. And it wouldn’t be surprising if back-to-back losses occurred. Napoli is one of the best teams in Europe right now.