Liverpool fans were fuming on social media at Jurgen Klopp’s decision to drop Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino for the Merseyside derby on Sunday.
Coutinho and Firmino have been in blistering form this season, and are usually key players for the Reds, however Klopp named them both on the bench.
Several fans laughed at the line-up asking for the real one to be posted, with one fan labelling Klopp a joker.
It does seem like a crazy selection – Dominic Solanke is up front in only his second start in the Premier league this season, and the Everton derby game is always a high-pressure environment.
Both dropped players were on top form in the Champions League game on Wednesday – Coutinho scored a hat-trick and Firmino also got on the score sheet.
Here are the best tweets from angry Liverpool fans:
No Firmino or Coutinho in starting lineup and no Sturridge in the squad. Klopp presumably backed Everton pre-match. Inept
— Phil Rann (@LFCPhilRann) December 10, 2017
Why is not Coutinho and Firmino starting?
— Джонас🥀 (@ffsjouni) December 10, 2017
Klopp is brave!! Firmino and coutinho not starting???
— Blaney (@brandonblaney98) December 10, 2017
No Bobby and no coutinho.. pic.twitter.com/cKgQtR7sXX
— JK (@PrimeKlopp) December 10, 2017
I’m not sure why Coutinho is not starting but sure glad to see Ings starting from the bench
— Vin (@ShittuHQ) December 10, 2017
Klopp is a joker…coutinho,Can,Gini and firmino benched????
— TZ…🇳🇬 (@Timczed1) December 10, 2017
Firmino and Coutinho benched ?!?!?!!?
— Maspo (@_Maspo) December 10, 2017
Good joke lads 😂, now announce the actual team
— َ (@SimplyKeita) December 10, 2017
Firmino and Coutinho. Klopp is mad
— Joseph Joestar (@JoeyClown) December 10, 2017
Great banter, now show us the real line-up with Coutinho and Firminho…
— Naeem (@ThisIsNaeem) December 10, 2017
The Reds go into their match with their local rivals six places and 11 points better off .
However, the Toffees have recently transformed their form as they have won their last two league games in a row.
Everton hammered West Ham 4-0 in David Unsworth’s last game in charge, before Sam Allardyce took over and won his first game 2-0 against Huddersfield Town.
Both sides enjoyed mid-week success in Europe before their game on Sunday, the Toffees defeated Apollon Limassol 3-0 and Liverpool put seven past Spartak Moscow.
The 7-0 victory enabled the Reds to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, whereas Everton had already crashed out of the Europa League ahead of their victory.
If the Reds avoid defeat to Everton on Sunday, then it will equal their longest unbeaten one against their rivals of 15 games.
In other Liverpool news, Mark Lawrenson has made his prediction for the Merseyside derby.