CHELSEA aces turned on their OWN keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Spaniard endured another bleak night between the sticks.
The Blues have now conceded 54 goals this season – the most of any top-half team – after they lost 5-3 to Liverpool at Anfield.
Liverpool threatened to run away with the contest when Naby Keita, Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum put the hosts 3-0 ahead after 43 minutes.
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Olivier Giroud pulled one back before goals from Roberto Firmino, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the eight-goal thriller.
Although Kepa was relatively blame free for the Reds’ goals, one key moment suggested that the Chelsea squad have lost all faith in the Spanish stopper.
With the Blues 5-3 down in injury time, Kepa stayed glued to his line as Andrew Robertson’s free-kick flashed across the goal face.
Virgil Van Dijk lifted the chance over at the back post but a number of Chelsea players were heard screaming Kepa’s name as they frantically called on him to come and claim the dangerous cross.
Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta was seen gesturing furiously at his fellow countryman while other Blues aces stuck out their arms in frustration towards the Spaniard for his failure to react.
Kepa has conceded EIGHT PER CENT of Chelsea’s all-time Premier League goals and he has only been there for TWO seasons.
And Sky pundit Jamie Carragher thinks the West Londoners need to address his place at Stamford Bridge this summer or risk going backwards.
Speaking after the game at Anfield, He said: “Chelsea will go no further unless they change the goalkeeper.
“I know they keep buying a lot of attackers but you see how many goals they have conceded.
“I think a lot of that is down to the goalkeeper, if I am being totally honest.
“It is an area that – if they want to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City – they will have to rectify in the summer.”
Frank Lampard is said to be in the market for a new shot-stopper this summer having deemed £71million-rated Arrizabalaga not good enough to be his No1.
And the Blues could offer keeper Kepa a route back to Spain as they look to land Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen as his replacement, according to reports.
Chelsea have also been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak who has a £120m release clause in his contract.
By: Isabelle Barker
Title: Chelsea defenders were shouting Kepa’s name during shocker at Liverpool as Blues stopper comes under more pressure
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/12201543/chelsea-defenders-were-shouting-kepas-name-during-shocker-at-liverpool-as-blues-stopper-comes-under-more-pressure/
Published Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 10:26:58 +0000