By Alex Stevens
Danny Murphy has claimed that he would be “fuming” if he was Adam Lallana.
The England international was named on the substitute’s bench by Jurgen Klopp as the Liverpool manager fielded an inexperienced team for the FA Cup third round clash at Exeter on Friday night.
But Klopp overlooked the claims of both Lallana and fellow first-teamer Lucas in the second half even though the Merseysiders were 2-1 down until Brad Smith’s equaliser after 72 minutes. The match eventually finished 2-2 to take the tie to a replay at Anfield in 10 days.
Liverpool, who had made 11 changes from the team that beat Stoke 1-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday night, used all three substitutes by the 76-minute point but did not use their two senior players.
Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy, commentating on the clash at St James’ Park for BBC Sport, was mystified.
He said: “If you’re not going to use Adam Lallana when you’re losing the game, why bring him? Surely the supporters must be thinking that.
“If I was Lallana, I would be fuming. I would seriously. I would be saying to the manager, ‘Why bother bringing me? Why not leave me at home and give me a rest? If you’re not going to bring me on when we’re losing the game and my job is to create and score goals, why bring me?’
“I don’t understand that. I would love someone to ask Jurgen Klopp after the game if that is the case.
“It’s baffling for me that he didn’t bring him on at 2-1 and then again to win the game at 2-2.”