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.
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.
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.
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"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."
In response to O'Hara, Liverpool fans expressed fury at the claim that their current XI is 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.
"He was sensational, a mature performance together with Virgil and the two full-backs."
A point will be enough for the Reds to qualify for the knockout stages, behind likely group winners Napoli.
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