Pundits blame Jurgen Klopp for Liverpool’s derby disappointment

Jurgen Klopp should blame himself and his players for Liverpool’s derby disappointment, according to Alan Shearer.

The Reds boss cut a frustrated, even angry, figure after

Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton at Anfield.

Klopp confronted referee Craig Pawson at the final whistle, questioning his decision to award Everton the 77 minute penalty from which Wayne Rooney equalised. He later caused a stir with a tetchy TV interview , while his post-match press conference saw him challenge journalists in the room on their opinion of the incident.

Klopp did say in that press conference that he should take the blame for the result, with his decision to omit

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino from his starting line up leaving many surprised.

But speaking on Match of the Day 2, former England captain Shearer took aim at the German – and his players.

“Everyone knew before that game how Everton were going to play,” he said. “They had a gameplan, to sit deep and defend. It is up to Liverpool to try and get past that, and they couldn’t.

“It is a penalty to me. Once again, it is terrible defending from Liverpool and from Lovren, he turns his back on Calvert-Lewin, who does everything right for a centre forward, he gets his body between the defender and the ball, and it’s a shove and it’s a penalty.

“What on earth Lovren is doing, I really couldn’t tell you. He’s going away from goal. Is it a push enough for him to fall over? Absolutely. There’s no doubt about that.

“What is he doing at the end? Get off the pitch! You’ve cost your team two points, don’t blame the referee!”

Shearer went on to criticise Klopp – and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho – for talking about refereeing decisions in their post-match interviews.

He added: “We’ve just seen Mourinho try and blame the referee to cover up his team’s inadequacies, and Klopp comes on and goes on about terrible decisions and there was only one team in it.

“Well, have a look at your own team selection. You left a guy out who scored a hat trick in midweek (Coutinho), and as a centre forward, I know that the time to be left out is when you’re not scoring goals. When you’re scoring goals you can’t wait to get out on the pitch.

“Fans may listen to the manager and think he’s right, but I don’t. I think he needs to blame himself and his players for not doing the job he should have done. Terrible defending, again, and if Mane does his job correctly it would be 2-0 up and game over.”

Fellow pundit Danny Murphy, the former Liverpool midfielder, echoed Shearer’s views – and had some particularly harsh words for Lovren.

His suggestion that Klopp could learn from former Reds boss Roy Hodgson, however, was a little surreal.

“He (Lovren) is a liability,” he said. “Jurgen Klopp has to look at his selection, because he keeps letting the team down. I don’t know the fella, and I’m sure he’s trying his best, but he’s not good enough.

“Fans aren’t stupid. Klopp has gone onto the pitch to have a go at the referee without seeing it (the replay) first. Go and have a watch of the video.

“I remember Hodgson and Houllier, two of the most calm managers I ever played under. They would never go ranting at the ref – maybe once in a blue moon – they would calm themselves down first. The pressure was still there then.

“My mates who went the game were texting. The first thing they said is why was your top scorer taken off at 1-0 when he was still creating chances, and why were the other two left on the bench?

“Anybody who knows football can watch that back and know it was a penalty. If you get fans thinking it wasn’t, they’re wrong.”

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