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Liverpool have no leaders in defence - Carragher

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Ex-Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher had some strong words for his former club after they surrendered a 3-goal advantage last night against Crystal Palace.

The Reds stormed to a 3-0 lead courtesy of a first-half header from unlikely scorer Joe Allen and second-half goals from Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

Palace were in danger of wilting away, before Pulis's men staged a miraculous comeback, restoring parity in a breathless 10-minute stretch that included a brace from second-half substitute Dwight Gayle.

Carragher lamented on Liverpool's lack of defensive diligence and attributed Liverpool's faltering title bid a to their lack of leadership at the back.

"Defensively they're not up to being Premier League champions," television pundit Carragher said on Sky Sports. "(Centre-back Mamadou) Sakho makes you nervous. They always concede together. It's not good enough.

"That final 20 minutes was unacceptable. They concede too many goals.

"The back four and defensive side of this team have shown they can't cope with pressure. They're not leaders.

"You can't keep inviting pressure. They got out of jail at Norwich (in a 3-2 win) the other week and haven't learned their lesson; It's gone on and on over the past few months.

"Well tonight they haven't and have thrown away the Premier League title."

Liverpool's missed opportunity now places them just one point ahead of title-challengers Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Pellegrini's side now just need four points from their remaining fixtures to secure a second Premier League title in three years, taking into account City's insurmountable goal difference.

Rodgers will be hoping that Andy Carroll can conjure up something special for his former employers when City invite West Ham to the Etihad on the last day of the season.

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