Phil Thompson questions Jurgen Klopp about Liverpool team selection
Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson was bemused by Jurgen Klopp's team selection at Manchester City last weekend
Phil Thompson has questioned why Jurgen Klopp opted to change his Liverpool team for last weekend’s trip to Manchester City.
The Reds signed off for the international break with an impressive 4-0 win against Arsenal at Anfield to underline their status as title contenders.
Dejan Lovren partnered Joel Matip at centre-half against the Gunners, while Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno occupied the full-back positions.
However, Klopp dropped both Gomez and Lovren for the trip to the Etihad Stadium as Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexander-Arnold came into the starting line-up.
Liverpool suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss to Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s side picked apart the opposition defence albeit aided by Sadio Mane’s sending off.
Alexander-Arnold and Klavan were particularly poor during the Premier League clash as Liverpool succumbed to their first Premier League defeat of the new season.
Former Liverpool captain Thompson felt there was no need for Klopp to change his team for the trip to Manchester City given their outstanding performance against Arsenal.
“For me, the selection was the big issue,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“After such an impressive result there is no reason to make changes because it’s such an important thing for a defence being settled, especially against such an offensive team when you’ve got to trust your team-mates.”
Thompson added: Lovren was on the bench and I always think if you are on the bench then you should be fit enough to play, so I can’t understand why Klavan played.
“Alexander-Arnold is a fantastic offensive player but even Klopp has questioned his defensive work, so I was expecting the same back four with Gomez in there.”
Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon when Klopp’s side host seventh-placed Burnley at Anfield.
The Merseyside outfit finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term.