Former liverpool captain questions Brendan Rodger's decision to leave Adam Lallana out of their Champions League tie v Basel on Tuesday night.
Adam Lallana who joined the Merseyside club in the summer wasn't involved in the 1-1 draw against Basel in which more creativity and attacking options were needed and Phil Thompson seemed confused as to why the Liverpool boss decided to bring on Markovic who was sent off 16minutes later ahead of Lallana.
“It’s very difficult to see why Markovic came on when you’ve seen Lallana playing in most of the games,” Thompson told Soccer Special on Sky Sports. “Coutinho, you would think, has a lot more to open up this defence.
“So I thought that was very, very strange. You just wonder how and why they weren’t playing.
“I’d like to see certain players like Adam Lallana given a run. He’s been the one that you could say has done very, very well. But he’s in for one match, he’s man of the match, then he’s out for two games. You think, ‘what’s going on on the training ground?’”
Thompson also complained about Liverpool being too reliant on Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool skipper scored a superb free kick to cancel out Basel's opener but the Sky Sports expert said he'll like to see others up their game.
“The players have to step forward in this game. There are not many Steven Gerrards in the world of football and he is 34, but he is the only one at this moment in time trying to open it up. He’s pushing himself, Thompson added.
“You’re expecting people to come on and help – and Raheem Sterling did make some good runs, there could have been a couple of possible penalty shouts but weren’t.
“It’s not been good enough, right from the start against Ludogorets on matchday one when we lost a goal late on and then got a penalty to get ourselves through it – that wasn’t a good display.
“The manager has to have a good look at it – we’ve spoken about the change in personnel with his signings. Are they good enough to take over the mantle from Steven Gerrard? At the moment it’s not been good enough.
“(Rodgers) certainly has to go into the transfer market and get quality. Instead of a whole load of players, maybe spend the money on top quality.”
However, the Liverpool legend had no problem with the decision to red card Markovic after his arm caught Behrang Safari's face.
He said: “Markovic puts his arm out and caught him on the tip of the nose – he went down pole axed – but why was he doing that in the first place? It’s taking a risk in European competition and the referee was looking straight at him. He’s cost the team by getting sent off.
“It doesn’t look like a lot but he does catch him. It was only a flick but you can’t do things like that. It looks worse than what it was.”
Written by Thinkfootballideas staff