The Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern were feeling frustrated after their side’s draw with West Bromwich Albion yesterday evening.
Jurgen Klopp welcomed Alan Pardew’s side to Anfield last night for the club’s first fixture since their derby-day draw with Everton. The resident Reds in the tavern were full of expectation ahead of their clash with The Baggies, but once again, they were thoroughly disappointed by their team’s lacklustre display. West Brom – who are without a win since mid-August – put in a gutsy display to hold Liverpool to a 0-0 draw following a tense fixture which could have gone either way.
Klopp’s team-selection from the Merseyside derby has understandably been one of the major themes to dominate the post-match narrative this week, after he made a bold decision to leave out Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can from his starting-eleven.
All three of the aforementioned players were restored to Klopp’s starting line-up last night, and tasked with firing Liverpool back to winning ways, but they failed to break the deadlock even with the so called ‘big four’ on the pitch.
In the aftermath of proceedings, Liverpool supporters engaged in a discussion on Twitter regarding their German managers team-selection.
It appears that plenty of supporters are fully behind Klopp after the result and they insisted that the responsibility ultimately rests with the players after their failure to break down the diligent Baggies.
But a handful of others remain exasperated by their failure to defeat their Merseyside rivals, and consequently, they have labelled Klopp’s team-selection as a momentum killer.
Here’s what The Reds faithful had to say about Klopp’s team selection last night…
That same rotation in the 4 games before that gave us the momentum..never turned up tonight who's to say that wouldn't of happened on Sunday and we'd of been beat with a half fit coutinho and tired bobby
— Dean Ryan (@DeanRyan89) December 13, 2017
10/10 selection by Jürgen Klopp. Rest for Gomez, Karius back in nets and fab four start together, & Hendo not in the XI.
— Rougéz (@dboetan7i) December 13, 2017
Klopp killed our momentum with his ridiculous team selection on Saturday. Carried through to this evening.
— Video (@V1nny_1974) December 13, 2017
One more thing btw. Wonder if anyone is going to blame Klopp for the team selection like last week?! Which wasn’t the problem in both matches. Refereeing and unimaginative attacking were the problem
Klopp: It’s not my job to talk about team selection. I was 100% convinced about this line up, like I was 100% about Sunday. You can’t blame me for this one. Maybe you can!
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) December 13, 2017
About time he puts it back on the players… he can only do so much
— Me (@outsidefifty) December 13, 2017
Makes no sense. He picked the team so, rightly or wrongly, of course he can be blamed.
— Andy Cochrane (@AndyCochrane01) December 13, 2017
Step down then. #LFC
— Klopp Is Not A Winner (@DewiMalamSuram) December 13, 2017
When the Ev are on #MOTD before us it hasn’t been a great day has it! We do enough to win the game again but can’t, blame Klopp but once the players cross that line it’s up to them, how many goals were in that team selection tonight? I dunno, anti-football seems to kill us! #LFC
— L14M (@_anfrap) December 14, 2017
Lets hear the criticism about Klopp's team selection now. All of the fab four playing and we created less chances than we did against Everton. Also, how did Lovren mess up our chances of winning tonight people????
— Mike Southgate (@m_southsnake) December 13, 2017
Feels like 2 losses last 2 Games For LFCthen when I think Allardyce/Pardew 2 dinosaurs leave Anfield with a Point each my blood boils,Klopp starting to really irritate me now Selection/Tactics And statements he comes out with #LFC
— Darren Buckley (@Dbuck5488) December 13, 2017
Title is decided. Next top 3 is looking difficult this season with the added load of the UCL. Klopp is decidedly scared of the festive schedule. Too much influence from the sports science department in the team selection?
— ankit chaudhary (@ankitcLFC) December 13, 2017