Liverpool fans reflect on Twitter to Klopp team selection v Sunderland
By Emma Sanders
Liverpool fans have been discussing on Twitter whether Jurgen Klopp made a mistake with his team selection for the clash against Sunderland.
Klopp made just one change to the side which defeated Manchester City 1-0 before Liverpool were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw against Sunderland.
There was less than 48 hours between the two fixtures as Liverpool kicked off against Manchester City at 5.30pm on Saturday before lining up at the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland at 3pm on Monday.
Despite a grueling test against City at Anfield, Klopp made just one change to the starting XI and it was an enforced one, with Daniel Sturridge replacing the injured Jordan Henderson.
Fans were surprised not to see more changes prior to kick-off and, after witnessing a lack-lustre performance against David Moyes’ Sunderland side, Klopp came under criticism for his selection.
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Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
the fact is, we are leading 1-2 at the 75th min. So I can't say his selection is wrong.
— HK Lim (@osprey23) January 2, 2017
Don't think he trusts subs at his disposal at the mo. Might be different next season after summer transfer window. Still building
— Brian Fitzgerald (@BrianofFitz) January 2, 2017
I think Klopp's frustration after last nights game is more to do with his own decision whether to "stick or twist" with his team selection.
— Hux (@Kevin_Huxley) January 3, 2017
Could ?should ? klopp have made more changes ? Maybe possibly ..did he have much options on the bench ? I think team selection was fine ..
— Grizz (@GrizzKhan) January 2, 2017
IMO Klopp got it wrong today team selection wise. Should have rested Firmino & Milner, maybe Mané too.
— The Shankly Way (@theshanklyway18) January 2, 2017
— Gav D (@gavla2411) January 2, 2017
Awful result for Liverpool. Sunderland played well in patches, but really have to question Jurgen Klopp's team selection there…
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) January 2, 2017
Divock Origi, Alberto Moreno, Kevin Stewart and Lucas were all contenders to start the game but Klopp opted to keep Emre Can and Giorginio Wijnaldum in midfield.
Fans were not impressed with Can’s performance throughout the game and the midfielders, which also included Adam Lallana, produced tired-looking displays.
Liverpool took the lead through Sturridge but Can gave away a penalty after handling in the penalty area just moments later and Jermain Defoe equalised for Sunderland.
Sadio Mane snatched a goal in the second half but the forward then gave away a second penalty for the same offence and Defoe beat Mignolet once again to seal a point for the hosts.
In other Liverpool news, Sadio Mane delivers an apology on Twitter.