Jamie Carragher can’t believe what this Newcastle United player did against Liverpool
The Liverpool legend was co-commentary duty as 10-man Newcastle United slipped to a 2-0 defeat.
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Jamie Carragher was left stunned by Nick Pope’s red card during Newcastle United’s defeat at home to Liverpool.
The Magpies No.1 was helpless in preventing Jurgen Klopp’s side from surging into a 2-0 goal lead following goals from Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo. Pope prevented Mohamed Salah from breaking away for a third, but that came at a huge cost in the 22nd minute.
Pope raced off his line to meet Alisson’s long ball forward to Salah but misjudged the flight of the ball and ended up handling it. Referee Anthony Taylor showed no hesitation in sending the 30-year-old off, meaning he will serve a one-match ban and miss the Carabao Cup final next Sunday.
Carragher labelled the incident a ”moment of madness” by Pope but expressed his sympathy at the former Burnley goalkeeper missing United’s first cup final in 24 years.
“I mean wow. It comes from one goalkeeper and ends with another,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “That all comes from Alisson and the run from Mo Salah, when he sees him coming he’s just done something, oh....that is an absolute nightmare for Newcastle. Going to be a nightmare for this game as well, in maybe being a contest.
“Just a moment of madness. You feel for the lad, he’s been absolutely fantastic for Newcastle, but this fella has been fantastic for Liverpool for the last five years, and that’s one of the reasons why. How many times has he found Mo Salah with passes like that over the years? You just see he gets involved, diving, and just that moment it hits his hand there.
“Boy, will he regret that. I mean there’s no doubt about the decision, when he’s kicking it away he knows. Look, you can see it on his face. I must say, I am gutted for the lad. It is the right decision, it happens, but I’m absolutely gutted for him.
“Seeing him coming in today he’s been a huge part of this renaissance at Newcastle, he’s been performing as well as any goalkeeper in this division, and we all know how big next week is for Newcastle. To have one of your best players missing, but listen, it’s football, it happens.”
With Pope out - unless Newcastle decide to lodge a successful red card appeal - Loris Karius is expected to start at Wembley in what will be his first competitive appearance for the club.