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Liverpool hero Aldridge: Klopp blundered team selection for Forest defeat

Liverpool hero John Aldridge says Jurgen Klopp fluffed his team selection for defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Aldridge wrote for the Sunday World: “The reaction to one of the worst defeats Klopp has overseen in recent years will inevitably be scathing, as the manner of the performance at the City Ground was a million miles away from what Liverpool have served up time and again over the last few seasons.

“Right now, Klopp seems to have run out of miracles and we saw the holes in his squad once against yesterday.

“Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Fabio Carvalho are fine young players, but I was surprised when I saw all three on the starting list at Forest.

“We don’t know why Klopp felt he needed to rest Jordan Henderson, but playing three young players from the start was a gamble and it backfired.

“If Klopp went with Trent Alexander-Arnold in his full-back role and James Milner in midfield alongside Henderson and Fabinho, I think you end up with a very different result.

“As it was, you could sense that Liverpool were in trouble as soon as Forest scored after some sloppy defending in the 55th minute.

“Klopp’s team had a relentless belief that ensured they never gave up and generally found a way to snatch wins and draws in the closing stages.

“We saw something similar with Manchester United during Alex Ferguson‘s reign as manager, as they benefitted from some generous referees who added on time and they kept finding a way to grab late goals.

“It’s the sign of a great team, but Liverpool are a long way from that at the moment.”

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