Jamie Carragher believes that Luke Ayling cost Leeds United in their Premier League clash against Liverpool on Monday evening.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring at Elland Road, but it was the right-back who initially lost his man that started the attack which led to the goal.

Carragher also pointed out and put blame on Jack Harrison and Diego Llorente, as the Whites conceded a simple opener against the Reds.

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Speaking during Sky Sports’ live coverage of the game, Carragher pointed out the players that eventually cost the Whites and led to them conceding.

“Straight away, you look at the situation they find themselves in,” he said.

“Luke Ayling is involved, he is not tight enough. When you say man-for-man, his workload is not enough. He’s not aggressive.

“Look what happens now. There’s your two full-backs, the people who switch off and have cost them are Luke Ayling, Jack Harrison and Diego Llorente.

“Three players lose their man, and that is the problem.”

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Ayling is his own harshest critic, and he will have known that he let Diogo Jota far too easily in the build-up to the opening strike.

As well as that, Llorente and Harrison were also left red-faced as they left their men, there is nowhere to hide in the system of Marcelo Bielsa.

When playing the likes of Liverpool, you can’t switch off for one moment or you will be punished, and that is simply what happened.

The Whites have come on leaps and bounds this season, and despite this one moment, the defence were brave and dealt with most things the champions threw at them; we can proud of the boys once again.

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