Kepa Arrizabalaga Too Scared To Come Off His Line In Liverpool Defeat
By Mike Parrott
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had a performance to forget against Liverpool, including a moment when he refused to come off his line to receive a set-piece.
The 2019/20 season has been one to forget for Chelsea from a defensive standpoint.
With 54 goals already conceded with one game left in the English Premier League, Frank Lampard's side have already conceded 15 more goals than they did under former manager Maurizio Sarri.
Their current record puts them 12th in the league, behind teams such as Crystal Palace and Brighton.
Kepa has let in 8% of the goals Chelsea have ever conceded in the PL
- Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) July 22, 2020
Even though this can't all be attributed to the terrible season from Kepa Arrizabalga, the Spanish keeper isn't doing himself any favours.
With a save rate at 56.5% - the worst of any starting goalkeeper in the Premier League - his current form has sparked many rumours of him leaving Chelsea with the side looking at players like Andre Onana and Jan Oblak to replace him.
However, his performance against Liverpool last night wasn't good enough for a team fighting for UEFA Champions League qualification.
While conceding five goals, one moment after a Liverpool cross was put in from an indirect free-kick and Kepa refused to come off his line to claim it.
The refusal on Kepa's behalf allowed Virgil Van Dijk to get an open header off, narrowly missing the goal.
even chelsea players were tired of KEPA, see how they were screaming his name :joy::broken_heart:pic.twitter.com/TltdHyvVUd
- uncle B (@itsBolajii) July 22, 2020
You can see in the clip that the majority of the Chelsea defenders shout 'Kepa' to get his attention to claim the ball, but as we see, flat-out refuses to do so.
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