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“What’s going on here?” - Jurgen Klopp told he should consider dropping £75k-a-week Liverpool player

Ryan Smart

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“What’s going on here?” - Jurgen Klopp told he should consider dropping £75k-a-week Liverpool player

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O'Hara has slammed Joe Gomez after Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest - and says several players should not be in Jurgen Klopp's best XI.

The Reds travelled to the City Ground looking to back up their two consecutive Premier League wins against Manchester City and West Ham.

A win could have taken Liverpool as high as fifth by the end of the weekend, depending on other results.

But Klopp's depleted side could only manage two shots on target in the first half, as bottom of the table Forest frustrated them and played on the counter attack.

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And Steve Cooper's side took the lead on 55 minutes, after Gomez gave away a free-kick.

Morgan Gibbs-White then found Steve Cook, who fired the ball across goal, before ex-Reds forward Taiwo Awoniyi got the final touch to divert it beyond Alisson.

Liverpool piled on the pressure late on, and Dean Henderson made a superb save to deny Virgil van Dijk's header.

But the away side could not find an equaliser - and O'Hara was critical of the performance afterwards.

O'Hara slams Gomez, Liverpool after Forest defeat

Speaking on talkSPORT, O'Hara was scathing in his criticism of several Liverpool players - but reserved harsh words for Gomez.

He said: "What's going on here? James Milner right-back, Joe Gomez centre-half. Look, he's been playing OK, but he had a shocker.

"I'm looking thinking, this can't be Liverpool's best XI. I know they picked up injuries, I get that. But this is a team who were competing with Man City for three or four seasons.

"Now I'm looking and thinking, you pick up a few injuries and your team looks like a Championship side."

The criticism of Gomez has also been seen as particularly harsh, given his recent superb performance at centre-back against Manchester City.

The 25-year-old England international has also been tipped to secure a World Cup place. And speaking after the City win, Klopp said: "It's just great for Joey that he can show what a player he is.

"He was sensational, a mature performance together with Virgil and the two full-backs."

Klopp, Gomez and the entire Liverpool side will look to bounce back from the defeat to Forest when they travel to Ajax in the Champions League this week.

A point will be enough for the Reds to qualify for the knockout stages, behind likely group winners Napoli.


Featured Image Credit: talkSPORT/Twitter / Alamy

Topics: Jurgen Klopp, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Liverpool, Premier League

Ryan Smart
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