Dejan Lovren of Liverpool walks off during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.
After 31 minutes and with Liverpool trailing 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur, manager Jurgen Klopp decided to substitute Dejan Lovren.
Mistakes from the centre-back had seen both Harry Kane and then Son Heung-min score for Spurs and Klopp could not hide his frustration at yet another poor performance from Lovren.
Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his side's second goal with Harry Kane.
"The first goal was a little throw in and we are not really there. It was just really bad, bad, bad defending," the German was quoted by the Mirror.
"The second, a counter attack, when the ball passes Dejan Lovren it is already too late."
Not for the first time this season, or since Klopp took charge of the Reds in October 2015, the defence and Lovren in particular have come under serious scrutiny and there is no doubting the Croatian was at fault.
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, gives his team instructions during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
What undermines the 50-year-old, however, is how he seems perfectly happy to use the defender as a scapegoat to defer away from his own criticism and in truth shows a lack of class from a man famed for his charisma and likeability.
"What he's done now is put all the responsibility over to Lovren. He will now be in the headlines for this, and that’s really unfair. That should be the manager," said former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel while acting as a pundit.
Klopp is a master of manipulating the media to his own end, avoiding tough questions about his team and management through humour and charm.
Yet should the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss be so open to allowing one of his players - who is sure to be low on confidence and struggling with off-field problems and injuries - to effectively take the sole blame for a collective issue against Spurs?