The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were absolutely furious with their sides failure to record victory in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were by far the superior outfit at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, but Everton somehow managed to scrape a 1-1 draw in one of the purest smash and grab results you’re likely to witness this season. Although Liverpool were a tad unfortunate to concede a penalty in the 76th minute after Dejan Lovren upended Dominic Calvert Lewin inside the box, they only had themselves to blame for the result.
Liverpool’s charismatic German manager raised plenty of eyebrows with his team selection for the hotly-anticipated derby.
Klopp opted to leave Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutino and Emre Can on the bench in favour of starts for Dominic Solanke, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson, much to the surprise of football supporters from around the world.
Despite the questionable line-up, Liverpool dominated from start to finish and deservedly opened the scoring in the 42nd minute after Mo Salah brilliantly shrugged off the challenges of two Everton defenders before delightfully curling the ball beyond the reach of Jordan Pickford.
Klopp’s pre-match tactics had already provided enough disbelief for one weekend, but he really outdid himself in the 67th minute by removing Salah from proceedings with Liverpool in the slenderest of leads.
Everton’s equaliser arrived from completely out of the blue just 10 minutes after Salah’s departure, as Wayne Rooney slammed home his first goal in a Merseyside derby from the penalty spot.
It is difficult to understand exactly what Klopp was thinking with his selection on a calamitous day for the club, but whatever it was, he must learn from his mistakes to improve as a manager and ensure Liverpool qualify for Europe this season.
Maybe Liverpool simply underestimated the calibre of the opposition, but in the Premier League, you underestimate your opponents at your own peril.
A one-off mistake from Klopp can be forgiven if he is able to lead Liverpool to a successful campaign, but it could take some time before The Reds faithful can completely forgive their manager for his bizarre approach to an enormous fixture.
In a derby match, you should play to win, and it goes without saying that your chances of winning are dramatically increased with your best players on the pitch.
Simply put, Klopp’s decision making on the day was one of the worst high-profile managerial performances in recent memory from a Premier League manager, and he must refrain from making such misguided decisions in future if he wishes to keep his job at Anfield.