Alan Shearer brutally slammed Joe Gomez for his costly error in Liverpool’s 5-2 Champions League loss to Real Madrid and feels he is too mistake prone.
Jurgen Klopp’s team went 2-0 up in the first-leg last-16 tie at Anfield but the Spanish giants humiliated them in that was a shockingly poor defensive display.
The result means that Liverpool have become the first team in Champions League history to take a 2-0 lead but then lose the game by a three-goal margin.
It is also the first time ever that Liverpool have conceded five goals in a European game at Anfield and has marked the third time this century they have shipped five or more goals in a home game in all competitions.
Shearer singled out centre-back Gomez for criticism after the historic defeat as he told the BBC: ‘Joe Gomez makes too many mistakes.
‘Virgil van Dijk does not look comfortable when he’s alongside him. You always feel [they] are going to give something away when Gomez is playing.’
He added: ‘They were hopeless at the back… They’re not very good at the back and they don’t have the protection they used to have.
‘When you allow a defender (Eder Militao) who has come up from a set-piece a free header from four, five yards out with no-one near him so soon after half-time… when your goalkeeper makes a mistake like he did… when Gomez doesn’t get tight to Vinicius Jr for that first goal… all these things add up.
‘You can’t do that against any player, let alone world-class players like the ones in this Real Madrid team.
‘When you play at the highest level you get punished and that’s exactly what happened tonight.
‘The defenders aren’t quick enough on the turn, the defenders are not picking players up.’
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