Jurgen Klopp got his team wrong against West Ham with an almost fully fit squad available and it could prove costly in the Premier League title race.
The Liverpool boss has been fantastic with his team selection and squad rotation at times this season, but he seems to have lost his ruthless edge and this is best showcased in his refusal to drop Andy Robertson in the Premier League.
The Scotsman was rested against Atletico Madrid and Kostas Tsimikas was in fine form. On another day, Diogo Jota’s finishing would have yielded at least two assists for his Greek teammate.
He was dropped for the West Ham clash, however, and this was a mistake in my view.
As part of Rousing the Kop‘s pre-match coverage for Liverpool’s trip to face West Ham in London, I covered the incredible Tsimikas statistic that has been doing the rounds.
The full-back has made six starts for Liverpool this term, with six wins and six clean sheets to boot.
Andy Robertson, who reportedly earns £8,320,000 a year, has been poor recently and his performance at the London Stadium was awful.
He was guilty of poor distribution and there were occasions when he was in acres of space and his teammates seemingly didn’t trust him with the ball.
Tsimikas deserved to start on the back of his display against Atletico. But the decision to start Robertson was a potentially costly one as he offered nothing all game.
Hopefull Robbo’s form improves over the international break, as Liverpool depend hugely on the form of their full-backs in order to perform at their best in the final third.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was fantastic yet again and now has a goal and three assists in his last two matches.