KEY POINTS

  • Liverpool suffered their first loss of the season Sunday
  • Trent and Origi scored for Liverpool against West Ham
  • West Ham's first goal was an own goal from Alisson

Former Liverpool FC defender Jamie Carragher slammed goalkeeper Alisson Becker after the Reds' 3-2 loss to West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

With the loss at the London Stadium, Liverpool have dropped to fourth place in the league table, while the Hammers have claimed the third spot.

Alisson got off to the worst possible start as he directed the ball into his own net from a Pablo Fornals corner in only the fourth minute after the kick-off.

A superb free kick just before the half-time break from Trent Alexander-Arnold leveled the scores but Fornals and Kurt Zouma scored in a span of seven minutes to reclaim West Ham's lead with 15 minutes remaining. Divock Origi came off the bench to net Liverpool's second goal but could not rescue the visitors as Jurgen Klopp's side suffered their first loss in the Premier League season.

In a post-match analysis, Carragher hailed West Ham's performance but criticized Liverpool's tame defending, while singling out Alisson's poor show between the sticks for the Reds.

"He's [Alisson] got to save it. He should have done better on all three goals, no doubt about that. But that's something Liverpool have done for a while and me being in that position, I can't quite get my head around it. And you look at their defensive record and it's absolutely fantastic. But I just think that when you're in those positions I don't know what you gain from holding the line," Carragher told Sky Sports after Liverpool's 3-2 loss at London Stadium.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker's errors have played a major part in three consecutive defeats
Alisson Becker has been with Liverpool since 2018. POOL / Paul ELLIS

Liverpool went into the match against West Ham with an aim to set a club record of 26 games unbeaten. Unfortunately, the Reds were denied from setting the record.

"Yes, [Joel] Matip's gone towards the ball but even Virgil van Dijk sort of holds the line. The only two things that can happen there: you either catch them offside or they run through at goal and for me, that’s not a fair fight. In some ways I'm thinking, you know what, I'd rather run back. What do we gain out of an offside? Nothing, we've just got the ball 60 yards from the goal or they're running through on our goalkeeper," added Carragher.

Liverpool's in-form forward Mo Salah, who had scored in 10 consecutive matches earlier this season, has not netted a goal in the last three games and that has certainly affected the side's results.

The Reds have dropped points twice in the last three games, including a 2-2 draw with Brighton and a 3-2 loss to West Ham.

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