Garth Crooks says Liverpool players should be questioning Jurgen Klopp in the dressing room

Christian Benteke Belgium

Liverpool's decision not to start a striker against Manchester United has come in for criticism.

Pundit Garth Crooks has questioned Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's team selection after their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

The former player cannot understand why the German left striker Christian Benteke on the bench, playing without a recognised centre forward.

Crooks, writing in his column for the BBC's website, suggested the manner of the loss should have players questioning their manager behind the scenes in the dressing room.

He said: "Liverpool lacked cutting edge, so the fact Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to play a proven goalscorer like Christian Benteke against Manchester United is a complete nonsense to me.

"Maybe this latest defeat will provoke Sakho and others in the dressing room to ask Klopp the question: "Why the blazes do you leave us in a game of such importance without a recognised goalscorer."

The Reds are currently coping with injuries to Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, while Mario Balotelli is on loan at AC Milan, leaving the club with very limited options.

Benteke clearly has not earned the faith of Klopp, which is not ideal considering the high price the club paid to sign him from Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.

In fairness to the manager, Benteke was left on the bench against Arsenal in midweek and Liverpool scored three goals, and had the Reds started the Belgian and failed to score this time around, Klopp would have been criticised for changing the system, so it is easy to criticise with hindsight.

At least now he has two matches to study against two top teams where his tactics did and did not work, and try to learn for the future when may be best to bring the striker back into the line up.

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