By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Jamie Carragher blamed Liverpool’s experienced players for their defeat at Swansea on Sunday.

The Merseysiders’ lost 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium as a shadow side featuring six Academy graduates struggled against the Welsh side.

Andre Ayew’s header and a sumptuous Jack Cork goal put the hosts in charge after a vibrant first-half display.

Substitute Christian Benteke nodded in midway through the second period to give the visitors hope, but Ayew’s second goal swiftly ended those aspirations.

Brad Smith was then sent off for Liverpool, whose hopes of Champions League qualification now rest on winning the Europa League.

Despite Jurgen Klopp was again showing his faith in youth – with Smith joined by Connor Randall, Pedro Chirivella, Kevin Stewart, Sehyi Ojo and Jordan Ibe in the team – there were still a number of experienced players, including Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

Club legend Carragher took to Twitter during the match to highlight the inadequate displays of the senior men.

Coutinho and Chirivella were substituted at half-time, with the former presumably wrapped in cotton wool ahead of Thursday’s Europa League showdown against Villarreal.

It is a victory which moves Swansea, who have two games remaining, to 13th in the table and opens an unassailable 11-point gap between them and third-from-bottom Sunderland.

In other Liverpool news, supporters raged on Twitter about Skrtel’s display against the Swans.