Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’s team selection against FC Basel on Tuesday.
The Reds drew the Champions League clash at Anfield 1-1, finishing third in Group B and dropping to the Europa League.
Liverpool actually had to come from behind to pick up a point, with two of their key players starting the match on the substitutes’ bench.
Both Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho were on the bench, and although the latter came on in the 74th minute, he made little impact.
“Liverpool needed to blast Basel out of the way,” Scholes wrote in The Independent. “Instead Rodgers left Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho on the bench.
“At half-time he brought on a left-back, Alberto Moreno, and a winger, Lazar Markovic, who has done very little for him so far.
“Then when he did bring on Coutinho, a No 10 to his boots – he even wears the number – he played the Brazilian in central midfield. Sterling aside, there was a real lack of pace in this Liverpool team.”
Rodgers’s team selection against Basel has been criticised by many, and the lack of pace that Scholes points out is a worry for Liverpool.
Daniel Sturridge brings mobility to the attack, but in his absence neither Mario Balotelli nor Rickie Lambert has been particularly great in that department.
Lallana does have creativity and can make runs from midfield, and one would expect him to start for Liverpool against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.