Jurgen Klopp made a mistake by not starting Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez in their 2-2 draw against Fulham, according to former Premier League midfielder Jamie O’Hara.
The Reds were far from their best as Nunez and Mo Salah cancelled out a brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic as they came from behind twice to salvage a point at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Liverpool lost an epic title race on the final day of last season and have aspirations to be fighting Manchester City again for the Premier League title this campaign.
And O’Hara insists that Liverpool would’ve won the game “comfortably” if new summer signing Nunez – who came off the bench in the second half – had started the match.
Reacting to the match, former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara said on talkSPORT: “It was a poor result for Liverpool, you do not draw against Fulham in the first game of the season if you have title aspirations.
“Nunez had to start, for me, it’s very disappointing from Jurgen Klopp on that decision.
“Nunez came off the bench and caused havoc. If he starts the game, Liverpool probably win that game comfortably.
“Fulham were excellent, they went after Liverpool. Liverpool didn’t turn up, in my opinion, I thought they were shocking in the first-half and didn’t really get going. When Nunez came on they changed a little bit.”
Sadio Mane left Liverpool for Bayern Munich this summer and O’Hara reckons it will prove to be a “mistake” this season as they’ve failed to properly replace him.
O’Hara added: “For me, Liverpool have lost Sadio Mane and I don’t think they’ve replaced him yet.
“I don’t think Luis Diaz is going to get the same numbers that Mane got and that might be a mistake. I really do think that’s going to be a mistake from Liverpool.”
And O’Hara thinks they’ve made a second mistake in the transfer market by not going out and buying a new midfielder.
He continued: “After the Thiago injury, Liverpool’s midfield ended up being Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Harvey Elliott – come on, get your chequebook out!
“You’ve got to sign a midfielder because if Thiago picks up more injuries, they’re struggling!”
Klopp has previously been baffled this summer at suggestions they are missing a player in midfielder.
The German said in July: “I do not understand. People told me about this discussion but the last thing that would have crossed my mind is that we have to do this (sign another midfielder).
“No, (we’re not looking to buy), I can say that. I don’t think something will happen in midfield. You never know, if somebody comes to me and says ‘I want to go’… but nobody came to me yet. If that happens, then we have to talk new. But if the situation stays like it is, then tell me why would we?
“We can go through it. Where do you want to start? So, Fabinho, (Jordan) Henderson, Thiago, (James) Milner, (Naby) Keita, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain. Now you tell me what kind of player are we missing?”