Jamie O’Hara says Jurgen Klopp’s decision not to start Darwin Nunez against Fulham has proven costly for Liverpool.
The Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by Marco Silva’s side in Saturday’s Premier League kick-off but could have been left with nothing after a fiery display from Los Blancos and Aleksandar Mitrovic in particular.
Goals from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah were enough to get Klopp’s side out of jail on that occasion, but according to the former Tottenham midfielder, the head coach must take some responsibility for the severity of the incident. the afternoon.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s new Gameday Phone-In, O’Hara said: “It was a bad result for Liverpool, you don’t draw Fulham in the first game of the season if you have any aspirations at the title.
“Nunez was supposed to start, for me it’s very disappointing from Jurgen Klopp on this decision.
“Nunez came off the bench and wreaked havoc. If he starts the game, Liverpool will probably win this game comfortably.
“Fulham were excellent, they went after Liverpool. Liverpool didn’t come, in my opinion I thought they were shocking in the first half and didn’t really start. When Nunez arrived, they changed a bit.
O’Hara added: “For me, Liverpool have lost Sadio Mane and I don’t think they’ve replaced him yet.
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“I don’t think Luis Diaz will get the same numbers as Mane and it could be a mistake. I really think it will be a Liverpool mistake.
O’Hara also sent a message to Klopp about the need to sign a midfielder following Thiago’s injury at Craven Cottage.
He said: “After Thiago’s injury, Liverpool midfield ended up being Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Harvey Elliott – come on, get your checkbook out!
“You need to sign a midfielder because if Thiago gets more injuries they struggle!”
Klopp disagreed, however, and hinted again after the match that Liverpool would not overreact and dive into the transfer market to cover up their midfield injury problems.
He said, “We’ll see. A transfer must make sense now and in the long term.
“We have eight midfielders, we still have enough midfielders. It’s not that we lack midfielders, it’s just that some of them are injured.
“And I know part of the football industry is getting nervous now. We’re not. But it’s not a good situation, I don’t like it at all.
“We have to see how we react to that – of course, without panicking.”
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