Queens Park Rangers duo Joey Barton and Charlie Austin point out flaw in Liverpool’s tactics v Manchester United

Queens Park Rangers stars Joey Barton and Charlie Austin have their say on Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

When Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers named his starting line-up against Manchester United, there was a notable absence.

The absence of a striker.

Daniel Sturridge is out injured, of course, but £16m summer signing and fit-again Mario Balotelli was left on the substitutes’ bench for Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Rickie Lambert, signed from Southampton for £4m, is not having any fitness issues, but he, too, started the game on the bench.

Raheem Sterling was supposed to spearhead Liverpool’s attack, and although he had chances, his inexperience of playing as a striker showed.

Balotelli came on at half time, but Liverpool still lost the encounter 3-0, thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie.

Queens Park Rangers duo Joey Barton and Charlie Austin were watching the game and, like everyone else, they were surprised at Rodgers’s tactics of playing without a recognised striker.

Given Balotelli recent struggles and Lambert not really being a top-class striker, Rodgers made that bold move perhaps, and he paid the price.

Maybe next time Liverpool will have a striker in the line-up, even if he is misfiring…

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