Cascarino claims Liverpool should not have started Gini Wijnaldum or Joe Gomez

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool FC during the UEFA Champions League first leg match of Semi final between FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC in Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona 01 of May of 2019, Spain.

Liverpool were battered 3-0 by La Liga giants Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Camp Nou.

Liverpool's English defender Joe Gomez reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou Stadium in...

Liverpool-mad Tony Cascarino has suggested that Jurgen Klopp made a mistake in picking Joe Gomez and Georginio Wijnaldum to start their Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona, while speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (2 May, 10.30am).

The Premier League title chasers were full of confidence heading to the Camp Nou. But their 17-game unbeaten run was brought to an end in brutal fashion as Lionel Messi strutted his stuff in a majestic second half performance.

The Argentine superstar scored twice late on, including a stunning 30-yard free-kick, as he added to Luis Suarez’s 26th-minute opener, giving Barcelona a 3-0 lead in the tie.

 

Liverpool had their chances but Klopp has received some criticism after the game, primarily for picking Gomez at right-back ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold while fielding Wijnaldum in an unfamiliar false nine role.

“It will have to take the greatest performance of any Liverpool side in any era to get through this tie (and reach the final),” Reds fan Cascarino told talkSPORT.

Joe Gomez of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 1, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

“Joe Gomez wasn’t fit, I think that was quite clear. Wonderful player that he is, he wasn’t fit the play the game.

“And the Wijnaldum selection as a centre-forward backfired hugely. He just didn’t look like a centre-forward, he didn’t know where to run, where to be.”

This was Gomez’s first start since December, the England international having spent much of the last four months out of the side with a broken ankle.

Wijnaldum, meanwhile, was chosen ahead of more attacking options such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi with Roberto Firmino only fit enough for the bench.

Georginio Wijnaldum during the match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC, corresponding to the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League, played at the Camp Nou Stadium, on 01st May 2019,...

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