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FORMER Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher launched a scathing attack on the team after another defeat yesterday at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Carragher accused Brendan Rodgers' men of being "weak and continually bullied" after their latest setback.

"This is more than just a poor start, there's something wrong. Something's not right, they're getting bullied out of games," said Carragher.

Last season's title challenge by the Anfield club was ended by throwing away a three-goal lead at Palace, and this time a similarly uncompetitive showing resulted in a 3-1 defeat.

After Dwight Gayle cancelled out Rickie Lambert's opener, Liverpool conceded late goals to Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak.

Carragher feels they lack in willpower rather than technique.

"Liverpool aren't being beaten by quality, they're getting bullied. They're getting beaten by enthusiasm," he insisted. "As a fan watching your own team the worst thing you can ever think of them is being bullied and being weak.

"That's what we saw from Liverpool and not for the first time.

"There's no leadership and we had that last season at the end. It hasn't been rectified with the money that's been spent."

Rodgers described the performance of the team as "bitterly disappointing".

"You've seen a team low on confidence today," he said. "We need to find a solution very quickly."

Rodgers also admitted he knows results must improve if he is to avoid facing questions about his future.

"I'm not arrogant enough to think that I will be in a job through anything," he added.

"Any manager will tell you that you have to win games and you have to get results, especially after how we've been developing."

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