Jamie Carragher said goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea is suffering ‘a nightmare’ after another expensive mistake in the 2-0 defeat of his side to Liverpool.
The Spaniard was again at fault for the Blues after unintentionally passing the ball straight to the onrushing Sadio Mane to allow the Liverpool to go ahead with an easy finish.
With Chelsea already down 1-0 and down to 10 men at the time of an error, it was a moment that summed up a disappointing day for the west London side, who also saw Alisson Becker saved a late Jorginho penalty.
His mistake comes after many unconvincing shows last season that seems to have persisted into this campaign after being also at fault with Leandro Trossard ‘s goal for Brighton in Monday’s season opener at Chelsea.
Although the Sky Sports pundit was full of praise for Mane’s desire to intercept the pass after giving away the ball, he admitted the 25-year-old is beginning to feel it.
‘Their pressing is the reason they’re the world’s best players. In the midfield, Chelsea were stranded,’ said the former Liverpool stalwart after the game.
“You go through difficult times as players and Kepa is going through one at the moment. You feel a little sorry for him now. Just one of those nightmare moments he’s having.”
As Kepa shows no signs of arresting his troubling form, Chelsea actively pursued a replacement No 1, with Rennes’ keeper Eduoard Mendy believed to be the prime choice for Frank Lampard.