Jamie Carragher ruthlessly slammed Liverpool for their “embarrassing” second-half collapse against Real Madrid at Anfield on Tuesday evening.
Liverpool took a 2-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes thanks to Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, but Vinicius Jr pulled Madrid level before half-time with his brace.
An Eder Militao bullet header and Karim Benzema brace in the second half sealed an emphatic 5-2 comeback win for Madrid in their first-leg clash against Liverpool.
Liverpool face a monstrous uphill task to keep their place in the Champions League, with the Reds travelling to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return leg on 15th March.
Speaking after Madrid’s steamrolling of Liverpool, Carragher pulled no punches towards his former club and blasted the Reds’ “shambolic” performance.
The Sky Sports pundit branded Liverpool’s second-half performance a “disgrace” and was baffled by the Reds’ lack of real fight after conceding to Madrid.
“[…] Listen, first of all, I must say, I mean, what a performance by Real Madrid to come to Anfield and do that,” Carragher said on CBS Sports.
“I’ve never seen a team come to Anfield on a European night like that. I can remember I was involved in that.
“I’ve seen it perform like that and destroyed Liverpool like that. But that was shambolic from Liverpool. Embarrassing.
“We made excuses for them all season, the reasons why they’re not doing as well as they have done in previous seasons.
“But that was a disgrace that second half… to not even have any chance themselves, show any real fight after the goals go in and to lose that second half 3-0.
“You’re attacking the Kop, it’s 2-2, knockout game. As I said, absolutely shambolic from Liverpool.
“And that’s what I’m talking about in terms of being shambolic. I’m talking about defensively shambolic all season.”