Shaun Wright-Phillips has criticised Mykhailo Mudryk for allowing Conor Bradley to flourish during Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s side delivered a sublime performance at Anfield with Bradley scoring and providing assists for Diogo Jota and Dominik Szoboszlai, while Luis Diaz also struck with 11 minutes remaining.
The result has left Chelsea 10th in the Premier League, while the manner of the defeat has alarmed Mauricio Pochettino, who admitted after the game that his players lacked ‘personality and character’.
Former Chelsea winger Wright-Phillips slammed Pochettino’s players for their failure to keep up with Liverpool and claimed Mudryk’s lack of defensive awareness was taken advantage of during their defeat.
‘If you go to Anfield the least you need to do is run,’ Wright-Phillips told Premier League Productions.
‘Liverpool had the ball more, attacked more and somehow managed to run 8km, 9km more than Chelsea who should’ve been chasing the ball around to stop it.
‘That really shouldn’t be possible but it’s managed to happen and that just shows you the heart.
‘I would’ve liked to have been a fly on the wall [in the dressing room] because I know under Mourinho we’ve lost a game 2-1 and the whole dressing room has been turned upside down because he thinks that shouldn’t happen to a team like Chelsea.
‘There was an incident, when the ball came across for the goal [scored by Szoboszlai], Mudryk is in there, right inside, and Conor Bradley is there, I know as a winger if I haven’t passed the message to my full-back to let him know that my full-back’s gone, I have to go with him, I can’t leave him because your defender is too far across, it’s literally impossible for him to get.
‘All he [Mudryk] has to do is jog halfway and Liverpool think, ‘he might be able to get that so I’m not going to risk that ball, I’m going to keep the ball and try a different route’.
‘They just left him [Bradley] wide all the time and Liverpool just kept playing it there.
‘They let themselves down, most of all. Most top clubs, most big clubs, especially that by players the calibre they have all know the three-second rule when you lost the ball – try to get it back within three seconds, if you don’t then you fall back into team shape.
‘That didn’t happen once in the whole of that 90 minutes, they just dawdled along after they lost the ball, Liverpool just sliced through them.’
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