Liverpool had a great opportunity to strengthen their 3rd place in the table but failed to do so after earning only a single point against Bournemouth.
The Merseysiders suffered an early set back when Wijnaldum gifted Afobe the opening goal. Klopp’s men stepped up and bounced back to level the game before half time thanks to Philippe Coutinho.
Moreover, in the 59th minute of the game, Divock Origi headed the ball in the net from close range to give Liverpool the lead.
The Reds were in a dominant position and the Cherries were not getting a moment’s rest but then Jurgen Klopp made a terrible tactical decision. He took his best attacking player, Coutinho, off the field and replaced the Brazilian with a defender in the form of Matip.
Liverpool were in the driving seat but then went into a reverse gear by playing five at the back and inviting pressure.
The decision was absolutely baffling knowing that the team has been shaky at the back all season. The Reds do not know how to sit back and defend, they were all over the place and eventually conceded in the 87th minute of the game, much to despair of the home crowd.
Liverpool supporters were furious on social media and blamed Klopp for the tactical suicide. Here are a few reactions.
@empireofthekop Does he though? Taking off coutinho for matip was madness.. inviting them to attack.
— Willie Bowe (@WillieBowe) April 5, 2017
@empireofthekop 20mins+ to go, on 2-1, attacker for defender? Asking for a death wish.
— fong yanti (@fongyanti) April 5, 2017
@empireofthekop I hope he knows cos nobody else know why he subbed Phil and Joel?? WTF?? Tactical suicide from the big man tonight..
— Kevin Court (@courty0303) April 5, 2017
@empireofthekop He knows he fucked up coutinho off sturridge on should of been the call they were back in the game after that substitution
— BRASSY (@craigbrass1) April 5, 2017
@empireofthekop He knows how to lose points against weak opponents.
— Blagojche Kostovski (@Blagoj4e_K) April 5, 2017
@LFC I parked the bus with 25mins to go – Jurgen Klopp.
— Paul (@Hea1y) April 5, 2017